Turkish police detain 20 over anti-government protests

June 25, 2013 12:04

ANKARA - Turkish anti-terrorism police detained 20 people in raids in the capital Ankara on Tuesday in connection with weeks of anti-government protests across the country, media reports said.

The unrest began at the end of May when police used force against campaigners opposed to plans to redevelop a central Istanbul park. The protest spiraled into broader demonstrations against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his government.There have been daily protests in Ankara since then.

Police raided some 30 addresses in the capital, targeting people suspected of being members of an unspecified terrorist organization, broadcaster CNN Turk reported. Erdogan has said the demonstrators were manipulated by "terrorists".

CNN Turk said police carried out the operation after identifying people who had attacked officers, businesses and public property. A police spokesman in Ankara said his department had no information on the raids.

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