Ankara seeks to contain Occupy Taksim wildfire

Ankara seeks to contain Occupy Taksim wildfire

 

Although Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was abroad for a tour of north African countries, Turkey’s head of state and other political leaders were in contact with each other on a whirlwind day of intense efforts in the capital city of Ankara, in a bid to sooth the unrest in dozens of cities across the country.

A hectic June 4 saw all parties issuing reconciliatory messages in unison, beginning with President Abdullah Gül’s meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç in the morning. Gül had initiated the meeting with Arınç, as the latter is substituting for Prime Minister Erdoğan during his absence from the country.