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U.S. calls for restraint in Turkey

Tuesday, June 04, 2013 - 01:20

June 3 - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry calls for restraint amid violence between protesters and police in Turkey. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Demonstrators return to Gezi Park in Istanbul calling for freedom and democracy. Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has dismissed the protests as the work of secularist enemies. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PROTESTER ZEYNEP CEBECI SAYING: "Our president is trying to turn our country into some kind of Islamic country. Some kind of you know, sharia, you know sharia (Islamic law). And because of this, we don't want this. We are just here because of freedom." The demonstrations have turned violent. Officials say there were more than 90 separate demonstrations around the country on Friday and Saturday. More than 1,000 people have been injured. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is calling for restraint. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY SAYING: "The United States supports full freedom of expression and assembly (EDIT) And we are concerned about reports of excessive use of force by police. " Kerry also appealed to all parties to avoid further provocation in the most violent riots in Turkey in decades.

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U.S. calls for restraint in Turkey

Tuesday, June 04, 2013 - 01:20