April 16, 2014
ISTANBUL (AP) - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken a combative stance against protesters in a speech in front of 10,000 supporters who met him at the airport on his return from a four-day trip to North Africa.
He says, "these protests that are bordering on illegality must come to an end immediately."
Protests sparked by opposition to a development project in central Istanbul have swept Turkey in the past week.
The protests have attracted tens of thousands of people from all walks of life who criticize Erdogan for what they say is an increasingly arrogant and autocratic nature - charges he rejects.
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