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Turkey: Morning gives Taksim uneasy peace after Erdogan talks00:45

Turkey: Morning gives Taksim uneasy peace after Erdogan talks

Turkey, Istanbul
June 14, 2013 at 04:01 GMT +00:00 · Published

Turkey: Morning gives Taksim uneasy peace after Erdogan talks

Protesters maintained a peaceful vigil in Istanbul's Taksim Square Friday as the sun rose on Friday, having listened to pianist Davide Martello through the night. Turkish protest leaders held emergency talks with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan overnight after demonstrators rejected his "last warning" to evacuate an Istanbul park at the centre of mass anti-government demonstrations.

Taksim Solidarity representatives travelled to the capital Ankara for late-night talks with Erdogan, their first since the unrest began. Local television showed around a dozen people entering Erdogan's residence. Back in Taksim Square Martello attached lights to his self-built grand piano, pulled on a trailer from his hometown of Konstanz in Germany, so he could play in the dark.

Turkey's worst period of unrest in years began May 31 in Gezi Park, an Istanbul green space where demonstrators rallied against plans to transform the park with a shopping centre and Ottoman-style barracks. The protests soon spread to 78 cities across the country, attracting tens of thousands of people each night. Five people have been killed - including a police officer - since the protests began, and the Turkish government says that up to 600 police have been injured in clashes while Turkey's Medical Association said that around 5,000 people have sought treatment in hospitals for minor injuries and breathing problems after enduring attacks of tear gas. The fifth confirmed death related to protest violence was announced Thursday.

On Wednesday, Erdogan issued a statement claiming that protests "will be over in 24 hours."

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Turkey: Morning gives Taksim uneasy peace after Erdogan talks

Protesters maintained a peaceful vigil in Istanbul's Taksim Square Friday as the sun rose on Friday, having listened to pianist Davide Martello through the night. Turkish protest leaders held emergency talks with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan overnight after demonstrators rejected his "last warning" to evacuate an Istanbul park at the centre of mass anti-government demonstrations.

Taksim Solidarity representatives travelled to the capital Ankara for late-night talks with Erdogan, their first since the unrest began. Local television showed around a dozen people entering Erdogan's residence. Back in Taksim Square Martello attached lights to his self-built grand piano, pulled on a trailer from his hometown of Konstanz in Germany, so he could play in the dark.

Turkey's worst period of unrest in years began May 31 in Gezi Park, an Istanbul green space where demonstrators rallied against plans to transform the park with a shopping centre and Ottoman-style barracks. The protests soon spread to 78 cities across the country, attracting tens of thousands of people each night. Five people have been killed - including a police officer - since the protests began, and the Turkish government says that up to 600 police have been injured in clashes while Turkey's Medical Association said that around 5,000 people have sought treatment in hospitals for minor injuries and breathing problems after enduring attacks of tear gas. The fifth confirmed death related to protest violence was announced Thursday.

On Wednesday, Erdogan issued a statement claiming that protests "will be over in 24 hours."

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