Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says no construction work will take place in Istanbul’s Gezi Park until a court has ruled on the project and a referendum has taken place in the city.
Erdogan made the pledge at a meeting with opponents of the Gezi redevelopment plans, including members of the Taksim Solidarity movement.
The talks took place just hours after Erdogan issuing a stern warning to protesters to go home.
Activists on the streets of Istanbul and Ankara stayed out late into the evening.
In Istanbul’s Taksim Square, a group of mothers formed a human chain to shield their children, still demonstrating in Gezi Park.