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Turkey protestors meet deputy PM and issue demands

Turkey protestors meet deputy PM and issue demands
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Those who began a protest to save Istanbul’s Taksim Gezi Park have issued a much larger list of demands.

It includes abandoning plans to redevelop the park, sacking police chiefs and the release of all arrested protesters.

It seems the ball is in their court as the Taksim Solidarity group met with Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc following his apology on Tuesday over police brutality.

“Today what we see is a government mentality which is symbolised by the intervention in Gezi Park. It is perceived by the Turkish people as an attack on their own lifestyle and beliefs. And we can see a big social reaction against this mentality from women, men, young and old. They’re saying, ‘we exist, we are here and we have demands,” declared Taksim Solidarity spokesperson Eyup Mumcu.

The situation remains tense as clashes with police continued in Ankara and Istanbul overnight, despite the deputy prime minister’s apology.

Two have died since the unrest began on May 31.

With TV coverage limited, many turned to social networks like Twitter labelled a ‘menace to society’ by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In Izmir, 29 people have been detained for using the site.

The protests have united many sectors of society, including trade unions who are on a two-day strike. The growing list of demands reflects the growing discontent in Turkey, as the Gezi Park protest evolves into a larger social movement.