Turkey PM warns protesters 'will pay' as demonstrations rage
ISTANBUL (AFP) - Turkish protesters refused to back down on Monday after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned they would "pay a price" for their unrelenting demonstrations against his Islamic-rooted government's decade-long rule.
As riot police doused of thousands of protesters in the capital Ankara with tear gas and jets of water for a second straight night, Mr Erdogan fired up supporters of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) with combative rhetoric in rallies across the country.
"Those who do not respect this nation's party in power will pay a price," he told thousands of cheering loyalists in Ankara, just a few kilometres from the clashes in downtown Kizilay Square, the latest violence in a second week of mass civil unrest.
"We remained patient, we are still patient but there's a limit to our patience," Mr Erdogan said.