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PM promise to meet Taksim park protesters fails to end the violence


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PM promise to meet Taksim park protesters fails to end the violence

Anti-government protesters expressed their anger late into the night after Turkey’s premier said he would only meet the original campaigners who had been trying to save a city park from redevelopment.

Throwing Molotov cocktails and setting barricades ablaze the demonstrators have changed the park protest into a wider show of defiance against the prime minister and the ruling AK party.

Although agreeing to a Wednesday meeting is a slight climb down by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, his description of other protesters has not mellowed, calling them riff-raff and drunken hooligans.

In the capital Ankara police maintained a heavy presence after further clashes.

Erdogan who has been criticised for his authoritarian style has warned his patience may run out. But a core of protesters say they are ready for dialogue and just want more respect from their leaders.

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