Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister apologized Tuesday for his country’s initial response to protestors in Istanbul’s Taksim Gezi Park, Hurriyet Daily News reported.
BÃ¼lent ArÄ±nÃ§ offered the apologies to injured protesters “with environmental concerns” during a speech. But he also added that the government did not “feel like they owed anything to those who cause harm.”
ArÄ±nÃ§ said that the initial protests, sparked by anger over the demolition of a park in Istanbul’s central Taksim district, were “legitimate and patriotic.”
“Our citizens showed their legitimate, logical and righteous reaction at Gezi Park,” he said.
However, ArÄ±nÃ§ urged citizens to not let these groups’ demands be spoiled by “marginal and illegal groups.”