Here is the full transcript of Erdoğan’s provocative speech in English.
7 June 2013: Same headlines in 6 dailies. This is media censorship:
The returning PM Erdogan is unrepentant and in a petulant, combative mood. AKP trucked in supporters to meet him at at the airport. Yesterday in Tunis PM Erdogan contradicted his own administration when he insisted that the destruction of Gezi park would continue and a mall would be built on that site. He also reiterated his plan to tear down the iconic Ataturk Cultural Center, a historic building from the early Republic where classical music, ballet, and other artistic performances were presented to the public. It has been closed for several years, ostensibly for renovation. He assured people that there would be some trees around the new ?opera house? he means to build there (a suspicious statement, since he isn?t know for his love of western-style opera).
The Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has delivered a fiery speech on his return to the country, telling supporters who thronged to greet him that the protests that have swept the country must end.
Violent assaults on protesters continue in Ankara. I received this message from Umit Sonmez at the Facebook site ResearchTurkey:
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Turkey’s prime minister again ratchets up rhetoric against protesters on his return to Istanbul
Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has delivered a fiery speech on his return to the country, telling supporters who thronged to greet him that the protests that have swept the country must end.
The police have been accused of brutality towards media workers who have been covering the demonstrations against the development of Gezi Park on Taksim Square. Journalists report suffering from the effects of tear gas and water hoses.