Turkish PM vows to continue Istanbul plans despite protests

June 1, 2013 13:14

ISTANBUL - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday he would push ahead with plans to redevelop Istanbul's central Taksim Square despite protests in which hundreds of people have been injured.

Speaking after the fiercest clashes between riot police and anti-government demonstrators for years, Erdogan said the redevelopment plans were being used as an excuse to stoke tensions.

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