ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s prime minister has given a speech from the top of a bus making it clear that he has no intention of backing down in the face of 10 days of anti-government protesters.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan once again condemned his opponents as “looters,” and he did that Sunday in the southern city of Adana, where pro- and anti- government protesters had clashed the night before. However, he also asked his supporters not to engage in any violence, predicting that his party would defeat those who oppose it during local elections in March.
Erdogan blamed the anti-government protests on forces that oppose Turkey’s progress. Three people, including a police officer, have died in widespread protests that erupted May 31, after a police crackdown of a small sit-in by environmentalists in Istanbul.