Amid fierce anti-government protests in Turkey, the country’s President Abdullah Gul said it was ‘natural’ in a democracy that people would hold different opinions – and be able to voice them.
Gul told reporters in Ankara: “Peaceful demonstrations are a part of that. That’s how I see the events of the past few days.”
“And I would like to say that messages sent in good faith have been received. When the time comes, what needs to be done will be done and I’m sure you’ve all already seen the signs pointing to that,” Gul continued.
Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, however, dismissed the demonstrations once again.
Speaking in Morocco, Erdogan blamed the opposition for orchestrating the unrest: “The events in Turkey have nothing to do with cutting trees or refurbishing a park. Those who lost at the elections were behind them and have used various means.”
Erdogan also played down the protests, saying: “The demonstrations did not take place in every city. The situation is calmer now and people have started getting their senses back. Before I go back to Turkey, calm will reign.”