Istanbul protests must end, says Erdogan

TURKEY’S prime minister convened his party leadership yesterday as anti-government protests entered their ninth day, with thousands of people still occupying Istanbul’s central Taksim Square.

Turkey Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Picture: Getty

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, above, said that the protests must end immediately and will meet with top officials from his Justice and Development Party in Istanbul.

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The protests began as a sit-in at a park in Taksim Square to prevent a redevelopment project.

Three people have been killed – two protesters and a policeman – and thousands have been injured.