Turkish intelligence looking into ‘foreign links’ to Taksim protests: PM

Turkish intelligence is looking into possible links between the incidents in Taksim Square and foreign powers, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said at a press conference today before leaving for Morocco, accusing internal and foreign actors of supporting the Gezi Park protests.

“Our intelligence work is ongoing [to determine the foreign actors behind the protests]. It is not possible to reveal their names. But we will have meetings with their heads,” said Erdoğan.

“Those who advise us to be moderate must themselves first come to moderation,” he said, referring to the international reactions to the use of force against protests that have erupted in all corners of the country.

The country is already experiencing a “Turkish Spring” and will not give way to those who want to turn it into a winter, Erdoğan said, referring to the economic development that has benefited some during his rule.

Per capita income has reached $10,500 during the ruling party’s tenure, he said, adding that this had made some “jealous.”

By Hurriyet Daily News


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