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1:26am

Fri June 7, 2013
The Salt

Not Everyone Cheers Turkey's Move To Tighten Alcohol Rules

Originally published on Fri June 7, 2013 2:46 am

Diners drinking raki, a traditional Turkish alcoholic drink flavored with anise, at a restaurant in Istanbul.
Jodi Hilton for NPR

The ongoing anti-government protests in Turkey are about a lot of things — including a recent law to restrict the advertising and sale of alcohol. The limits aren't any more onerous than those in some other Western countries, but secular Turks see them as another step in a push by the ruling party to impose conservative social values on the population

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5:34pm

Thu June 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Protesters In Turkey Prepare For Prime Minister's Return

Anti-government protesters shout slogans and wave Turkish national flags during a demonstration in central Ankara on Thursday.
Adem Altan AFP/Getty Images

Thousands of anti-government protesters have assembled in Istanbul's Taksim Square ahead of the return of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan from a four-day trip to Tunisia.

But thousands more Erdogan supporters were gathered at the airport to greet him.

The BBC says Erdogan is expected to give a speech when he arrives in the early morning hours on Friday.

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11:23am

Tue June 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Apologizes To Protesters

A Turkish demonstrator raises his hands during a protest held in front of the Prime Minister's office in central Ankara on Tuesday.
Marco Longari AFP/Getty Images

Trying to placate protesters, Turkey's deputy prime minister issued an apology today.

"The use of excessive force shown against the people who initially started this protest with the motive of protecting the environment was wrong," Bulent Arinc said in a press conference. "And it was unfair. So I apologize to those citizens."

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7:50am

Mon June 3, 2013
The Two-Way

In Turkey, Protesters Say Prime Minister Has Gone Too Far

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 8:30 am

The scene at one of the protests in Istanbul early Monday.
Ahmet Sik EPA /LANDOV
  • From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Peter Kenyon reports from Istanbul

After more violence overnight, protesters and police clashed again in Istanbul on Monday. As the BBC writes:

"Police used tear gas to stop a group of demonstrators marching on the prime minister's office in Istanbul, the private Dogan news agency reports."

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2:14pm

Fri May 31, 2013
The Two-Way

Turkish Police, Anti-Government Protesters Clash

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 4:03 pm

Demonstrators flee from a water cannon during clashes with riot police Friday during a protest against the demolition of Taksim Gezi Park, in Taksim Square in Istanbul.
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Turkish police in Istanbul used tear gas and water cannons to break up what are being described as the worst anti-government protests in years.

Reuters reports:

"Thousands of demonstrators massed on streets surrounding Istanbul's central Taksim Square, long a venue for political unrest, while protests erupted in the capital Ankara and the Aegean coastal city of Izmir."

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