Turkey PM warns of police crackdown on protest anniversary
Published on May 31, 2014 9:36 PM
ISTANBUL (AFP) - Turkey's combative prime minister warned protesters that police would do "whatever is necessary" to clamp down on demonstrations Saturday in Istanbul's Taksim Square to mark the anniversary of last year's turmoil.
As police deployed some 25,000 officers as well as dozens of water cannon trucks and armoured vehicles to prevent would-be demonstrators from reaching the square, Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed tough anti-protest measures.
"I am calling on all my people. Do not be deceived. This is not an environmentalist campaign. There is no sincerity here," Mr Erdogan told thousands of supporters at an Istanbul rally.
"If you go there, our security forces have received clear-cut instructions and will do whatever is necessary from A to Z," said the premier.
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