Turkish government may resort to military force to end protests

  • The Turkish government said on Monday it may have to resort to military force to bring an end to three weeks of nationwide protests.

    Speaking on state-run television, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said the government would use "all its powers" and the armed forces if necessary.

    It is the first time that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Islamist-rooted ruling AK Party has considered using the armed forces.

    Around 5,000 people have been injured and at least four others have been killed in the unrest.

    The protests were triggered off by plans to redevelop Istanbul's Gezi Park, located in the city's central Taksim Square, on May 28.

    The demonstrations erupted into nationwide anti-government protests following the harsh response of the authorities.

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