Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

More Than 80 Protesters Detained in Turkey Police Raids

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

More Than 80 Protesters Detained in Turkey Police Raids

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ISTANBUL -- Turkish anti-terrorism police detained scores of people in overnight raids, Turkish media reported Tuesday, a day after a minister warned that the government might deploy the army to end nearly three weeks of protests.

Eighty-four people were detained in the raids in Istanbul and Ankara, media reports said.

Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said Monday that the government could use the armed forces if police failed to halt the unrest.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan defended the police action against the demonstrators as he addressed a meeting of his Justice and Development Party in Ankara, the nation's capital, on Tuesday.

Responding to criticism of excessive use of force by police, Mr. Erdogan said: "Using tear gas on protesters is the incontestable right of police. Police use their power when disobeyed," according to the Anadolu news agency.

Announcing that his supporters would hold more rallies around the country, Mr. Erdogan warned the "provocateurs" who are trying to "play on sectarian divides" and "are a step towards undermining our national unity. …

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