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June 3, 2013 8:29 am

Erdogan: Turkey is Examining Foreign Involvement in Protests

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Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo: wiki commons.

Turkish intelligence is exploring possible connections between foreign actors and protesters in Istanbul’s iconic Taksim Square, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday, according to Hurriyet Daily News.

“Our intelligence work is ongoing. It is not possible to reveal their names. But we will have meetings with their heads,” said Erdoğan.

Erdogan also criticized those in the international community who had criticized the Turkish government for its response to the protests, which are entering their seventh day.

“Those who advise us to be moderate must themselves first come to moderation,” he said.

He blamed the protests on “fringe” elements and said the government would not allow the unrest to turn the current “Turkish Spring” into a Turkish winter.

Erdogan said that per capita income has reached $10,500 during the ruling party’s tenure, and that this had made some “jealous.”

According to Hurriyet Daily News, protests in Taksim Square remained calm over the weekend, but in the same time-frame clashes between police and citizens spread to Beşiktaş, Ankara, İzmir and elsewhere in Turkey.

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  • Christian Chan

    From Asia The leader of Turkey is not who he says he is!

  • Erdogan boasts about his economic achievements during his tenure, so did Hitler in the nineteen thirties. However Erdogan does not have the right to use his henchmen to put down peaceful demonstrations by resorting to thuggery such as kicking women in the face and gassing them.

  • Dr.Zhivago

    Notice – all dictators, including islamist, usually find “foreign” forces meddling in their countries. Putin does it, Chavez did it and now Erdogan. it is a ruse to minimize actual opposition to ones policies and to detract attention from the real causes.

  • mike

    I have been waiting for a long time to see when the Turks would tell Erdogan “enough is enough”. The guy thinks he is a sultan, with Allah telling him he can do anything in the name of Islam. A few months ago, he decided to Islamize the uniforms of Turkish Airlines crew. A few days ago he tried to ban alcoholic drinks. A few months ago he said that sectarianism is against God. For years he has been saying Israel has no place in the Middle East. He also thinks of his reign as neo-Ottomanism. in other words, Turkey occupying the Middle East and North Africa from Morocco to Kuwait, from Syria to Yemen.

    • GEOFF

      +You are absolutely correct. Islamists order others to live as they dictate and Erdogan is no exception. What further orders will he issue in the next few months?

    • Luigi Rosolin

      The Turkish are facing a big task for they freedom from a political Islamic leader. Hope that citizen had not to pay a high price for freedom.

  • Don’t worry. This lowlife Ergodan will be blaming Israel very soon!!!! Hopefully, someone will assassinate him soon and put this evil monster out of his misery.

  • shloime

    erdogan either just doesn’t get it, or is playing dumb.

    how does he expect to meddle in his neighbours’ business without some kind of consequences? there are certainly enough disgruntled secularist turks who have had enough of him and his islamist, neo-ottoman antics. and he has managed to accumulate a few foreign detractors as well, including kurdistan, iran, iraq, and russia. (and even israel. note that he insists on making his provocative trip to gaza this summer.)

    the least of his worries should be the per capita annual income of turkey!