Protests In Turkey Gain Momentum Despite Erdogan Warning (Iconic Photos)

by
Sameera Ehteram
Anti-government protests across Turkey have lingered for two weeks now.

Anti-government protests across Turkey have lingered for two weeks now.

Protesters have occupied Istanbul's central Taksim Square and have faced severe lash back from the police who fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse them.

They demand Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's resignation, accusing his government of creeping authoritarianism. The protests have united disparate groups dissatisfied with Erdogan and angry over what protesters and international critics have described as a heavy-handed response by security forces.

Nothing has worked so far. On Sunday, Erdogan warned protesters who have demanded his resignation that his patience has its limits and compared the unrest with an army attempt six years ago to curb his power.

"We have been patient. We will be patient, but even patience has an end! And look, the people who are hiding behind the demonstrators, and seeking to do politics from it, must first learn what politics is! We are not the ones who fall for the provocations on the streets. But they are," he said.

He criticized protesters' tactics and challenged them to beat him at the ballot box.

"All they do is destroy. They attacked public buildings; they burned public buildings. They burned the cars of civilians," he said.

"Let's face off at the ballot box in seven months. If you are saying democracy and freedom, if you are saying rights and freedoms, you cannot achieve that with violence. Only within the laws, you can achieve it."

Here is a look at the most recent protest:

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