10:27 24 May
10:21 24 May

Recep Tayyip Erdogan: “Ataturk Culture Center in Taksim will also be demolished”

Prime Minister warns opposition leader: “If you gather 100 000 people, we will gather 1 million people, don't make us do this!”


Baku– APA. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has commented on the protests held in Istanbul and other big cities against the demolition of Gezi Park in Istanbul, APA reports.

Addressing the congress of Turkey Exporters Assembly, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said those who protest against the government must do it through the law and election.

"Those who want to achieve results beyond the election are acting against the democracy. Everyone must express his position in this country. But no one has the right to hold illegal actions, harm the passers-by and stir up tension in the country," he said.

Prime Minister said the protests are the games of the opposition and some illegal groups.
"All must see this game. The question is not Gezi Park, this is an ideological issue. The project that we are realizing in Taksim square will be continued. Police were there yesterday, they will also be there tomorrow," he said.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the fact of excessive use of tear gas by the police will be investigated, but said it is normal to use tear gas when it is necessary.

Prime Minister stated that as the new project in Taksim will be realized, Ataturk Culture Center will also be demolished.

"Ataturk Culture Center will also be demolished, an opera house is to be built there. It should be an important center and tourists should view with pride. We want to stop traffic in Taksim, give the square to the people, pedestrians so that everyone can walk there freely," he said.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned leader of Republican People's Party Kemal Kilicdaroglu, who is going to hold a protest in Istanbul. He said it is not a problem if somebody holds a peaceful protest, but if people are instigated to do something, this will be prevented. "If they hold a protest with 20 000 people, we will hold it with 200 000 people. If they gather 100 000 people, we will gather 1 million people. Don't make us do this!"

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