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Erdogan says activists 'playing into hands' of Turkey's enemies

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Erdogan says activists 'playing into hands' of Turkey's enemies


A week of calm in Istanbul has come to an end after police clashed with protesters on Saturday night, using water canons to disperse them.

In Ankara, smoke grenades were used to clear people from the area.

On the streets, people chanted for the resignation of Prime Minister Erdogan. Many threw red carnations at the lines of riot police forming around them.

Erdogan responded, saying protesters were playing into the hands of Turkey’s enemies:

“They have thrown a shadow on Turkey’s image , stained Turkey’s international power. Now they are trying to play the same game in Brazil.” Erdogan went on to add: “The game is the same, the symbols are the same, the banners are the same, Twitter and Facebook are being used the same way, and the international media reacts the same; they are being operated from the same centre.”

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