Turkey Protesters Demand Sacking of Police Chiefs

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A group representing Turkey's protesters on Wednesday urged the government to fire the police chiefs of Istanbul and Ankara and other cities where security forces have violently cracked down on political protests as Turkish police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse crowds who joined the mass demonstrations.

"We demand that those police chiefs... who are responsible for violence and pressure are dismissed," a spokesman for the protesters told reporters as he read a list of demands after meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc in Ankara.

He also called on Ankara to release all protesters arrested since the anti-government trouble began nearly a week ago and ban the police from using tear gas against the demonstrators, blamed for scores of injuries.

"The steps taken by the government will define how developments will unfold," said Eyup Mumcu of the Chamber of Istanbul Architects Union.

The meeting was held as thousands of striking workers from various unions began demonstrating in major cities nationwide in solidarity with the protesters.

In an attempt to defuse tensions, Arinc on Tuesday apologized to wounded protesters and said the government had "learnt its lesson".

The violence first erupted after police cracked down on a peaceful rally in Istanbul against plans to redevelop Gezi Park, a rare green spot adjoining the city's main aksim Square. The movement quickly swelled into broader protests nationwide and have left two young men dead.

The list of demands presented by civil society leaders after their meeting with Arinc included a call to abandon the controversial park project.

Comments 5
Missing love4bashar3 05 June 2013, 17:29

wow how the tables have turned...erdogan is gonna fall and bashar alassad is winning in the war against the terrorist...god bless bashar ala asad

Missing -karim_m2 05 June 2013, 20:11

God bless the noble and peaceful Turkish revolution against the terrorism of the Erdogan regime!

Thumb primesuspect 05 June 2013, 21:22

The police hands over flowers yesterday to the protesters. Bashar handed bullets to his.

Missing VINCENT 05 June 2013, 22:55

May be the Turkish government should bring back the Ottomans to handle these unhappy people.

Thumb Senescence 06 June 2013, 01:12

Touché, VINCENT, touché indeed.

The present is the shadow of the past, as it's said.