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Erdogan on Protests: There is an End to My Patience

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Turkey Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Photo: wiki commons.

Ynet – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, facing the biggest protests of his tenure, called on his supporters to prepare for pro-government rallies next weekend in Istanbul and Ankara, as riot police fired tear gas and water cannon to clear protesters from an Ankara square.

“On Saturday, are you ready for a big Ankara meeting? … The next day we will have the Istanbul meeting,” Erdogan said to cheering crowds in Ankara, as riot police moved in against protesters just a few kilometers away.

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