Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for calm while blaming extremists for a weekend of fierce anti-government protests.
Despite the country’s worst unrest for years, Erdogan made his comments before leaving on a four-day visit to Morocco.
He was specifically asked by journalists if he thought outside forces were involved:
“Believe me our intelligence services are working on this and other issues,” said the prime minister. “But there is no need to declare the names of who they may or may not be. However we will talk with those responsible and if needed we will have a reckoning with them. We are determined on this path.”
Since Friday hundreds of people have been injured in clashes with riot police in main cities across Turkey.
The unrest was sparked by protests against government plans to redevelop Istanbul’s Taksim Square, but has widened into a broad show of defiance against Erdogan’s Islamist-rooted AK Party.