Turkish PM defends police actions against demonstrators
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||14 June 2013|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Turkish PM defends police actions against demonstrators, 14 June 2013, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/51d6cae213.html [accessed 18 October 2017]|
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June 14, 2013
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has defended the actions of police against antigovernment protesters, accusing Western countries of having a "double standard" in their criticism.
Erdogan said on June 14 that "the whole world is attacking" Turkey's police for the way they use "certain methods" to "intervene" and "disperse unlawful actions."
He said there are dozens of examples of tear gas and other similar tactics being used by police in the United States, the European Union, and Russia.
He said European Union efforts to "denigrate Turkey" over police crackdowns "will be useless."
The European Parliament on June 12 passed a resolution condemning the heavy-handed response by Turkish police to demonstrators.
At least four people have been killed and hundreds injured by police crackdowns during the past two weeks.
Based on reporting by Reuters and CNN