Turkish PM warns police crackdown on protesters

Istanbul, June 15 (IANS) Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned of a police crackdown on protesters if they fail to evacuate Istanbul’s Gezi Park by Sunday, reported Xinhua.

Erdogan told protesters to evacuate the Gezi Park where they have staged protests for 18 days, adding that security forces will intervene if they do not leave the site.

“Tomorrow, we will have a rally in Istanbul. I address the protesters at Taksim: Either they empty the park, or the security forces will know how to do it,” he said Saturday, while addressing thousands of supporters who had gathered for the first of the ruling Justice and Development Party’s mass rallies in Ankara.

Earlier in the day, the protesters had decided to continue the sit-in with fewer tents, but agreed on removing barricades and political banners.

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