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Turkish PM vows to stand firm over anti-government protests

Turkish PM vows to stand firm over anti-government protests
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Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeated his call to anti-government protesters to end their demonstrations.

Speaking at a parliamentary group meeting of his AK party, he also accused the protesters of deliberately attempting to damage the country’s image and economy.

“You can plant trees anytime, there are no obstacles to this. But acting as if there are is a way of trying to find an alternative to the ballot box, and this cannot succeed,” he said. “Environmental sensibilities cannot be used to conceal this mentality or as an excuse for these illegal actions against a democratically elected government.”

Nonetheless, despite dismissing the protesters as rebel rousers, Erdogan has said he will still have a meeting on Wednesday with the leaders of the Gezi Park Platform group.

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