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Turkish PM vows to press on with Istanbul plans despite protests

Ignoring protesters' demands, PM Erdogan says he will go ahead with plans to convert controversial park into shopping mall

Reuters , Saturday 1 Jun 2013
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Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during an interview with Reuters in his residence in Ankara November 9, 2010 (Photo: Reuters)
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Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday he would push ahead with plans to redevelop Istanbul's central Taksim Square despite protests in which hundreds of people have been injured.

Speaking after the fiercest clashes between riot police and anti-government demonstrators for years, Erdogan said the redevelopment plans were being used as an excuse to stoke tensions.

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