ISTANBUL/ANKARA - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan will
meet on Thursday with members of a group opposed to the redevelopment of an
Istanbul park in a bid to end two weeks of anti-government protests, just hours
after Erdogan said his patience had run out.
Earlier in the day, Erdogan
gave a final warning for those occupying the central Istanbul Gezi Park to leave
and struck back at criticism from the European Parliament over the ferocity of a
police crackdown on the protesters.
"Our patience is at an end. I am
making my warning for the last time. I say to the mothers and fathers please
take your children in hand and bring them out ... Gezi Park does not belong to
occupying forces but to the people," he said.