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Gezi park safe for now, Turkey PM holds off on redevelopment

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Gezi park safe for now, Turkey PM holds off on redevelopment


Gezi park redevelopment plans have been put on ice. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told protesters he would wait for a court ruling before taking any action. His words struck a conciliatory note after two weeks of non-stop anti-government demos.

Erdogan’s green gesture appeared lost on protesters who have made the park a symbol of resistance. He once again asked them to go home.

“I say to our young people, “Please leave Gezi park and return home. If some illegal groups remain, let us deal with them, because this park belongs to all Turkish people.”

Fighting through music, German pianist Davide Mortello has vowed to play piano in Taksim square until the tensions are over. He brought his piano in van from Germany. He began playing on Thursday for twelve hours straight. The music made a change from the pot clanging and water cannon of recent days.

The square has been the site of several violent confrontations between protesters and police. On Friday the death toll rose to 4 as a 26-year-old died from injuries sustained in clashes in the capital Ankara.

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