Turkish President Seeks to Soothe Mass ProtestsWorld | June 1, 2013, Saturday // 17:32| views
Turkish President Abdullah Gul. Photo by EPA/BGNES
Turkey's President Abdullah Gul has called for “common sense” to prevail as violent protests against the redevelopment of Istanbul’s Taksim square reached a “worrisome level”.
Gul has called on all sides to be "mature", urging police to "act in proportion".
A peaceful sit-in on Friday against government plans to demolish a park in Istanbul was met with a police crackdown, igniting the biggest anti-government riots this city has seen in a decade.
The clashes subsided Saturday afternoon, according to CNN.
Protests spread to several other cities, including the capital Ankara and the port city of Izmir.
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