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Deputy PM in Turkey apologizes for initial police violence

Tuesday, June 04, 2013 - 01:29

June 4 - Turkey's deputy prime minister also said he would meet some of the organizers of the original protest to save a park which spiraled into days of demonstrations. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Demonstrators try to put out the flames in Istanbul as smoke rises from containers. They are not the only ones trying to change the temperature in Turkey. On Tuesday Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc offers an apology of sorts. (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER BULENT ARINC, SAYING: "The use of excessive force shown against the people who initially started this protest with the motive of protecting the environment was wrong. And it was unfair. So I apologize to those citizens, I can definitely say that. But I do not think we need to apologize to those who create destruction of public property in the streets and who try to prevent the freedom of the people in the streets." Arinc offered to meet some of the organizers of the original protests last week -- aimed at saving a political park in Istanbul. But for some it is not enough. (SOUNDBITE) (English) STUDENT, 20-YEAR-OLD, DEVA KURT SAYING: "Actually we are going to revolution. And the government must change actually. This is my opinion. Because they're, how can I tell, they're on our head for 10 years and we aren't happy. No one is happy. The protests have involved a broad spectrum of people in dozens of cities, who see Prime Minister Erdogan seeking to remake the secularist state.

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Deputy PM in Turkey apologizes for initial police violence

Tuesday, June 04, 2013 - 01:29