Turkey's Leader Remains Defiant

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been taking an increasingly belligerent tone as anti-government protesters continue to denounce him at demonstrations.

Speaking in Turkey's capital today, Erdogan accused the protesters of creating an environment of terror and referred to them as looters or vandals.

Earlier, in the southern city of Adana, where pro- and anti-government protesters clashed last night, Erdogan made a fiery speech from the top of a bus, condemning the demonstrators as "a handful of looters."

At the same time, he urged supporters to avoid violence themselves and predicted that his Islamic-rooted party would defeat his opponents in elections next year.

The protests are now in their 10th day.

Three people, including a police officer, have died in widespread protests that erupted May 31, after a police crackdown of a small sit-in by environmentalists in Istanbul.

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