U.S. calls for peace in Turkey

A White House statement asks Turkish security forces to "exercise restraint" with demonstrators


Associated Press
June 3, 2013 3:19PM (UTC)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is calling for all parties in Turkey to "calm the situation" amid anti-government protests.

In a statement, spokeswoman Laura Lucas says the U.S. believes peaceful public demonstrations "are a part of democratic expression." And she says Turkey's long-term stability is best guaranteed by upholding "the fundamental freedoms of expression, assembly and association."

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The White House statement in particular calls on security forces in Turkey to "exercise restraint."

Thousands of people around Turkey have been protesting in the country's fiercest anti-government demonstrations in years. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (REH'-jehp TY'-ihp UR'-doh-wahn) rejected claims that he is a "dictator," dismissing protesters as an extremist fringe.

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