Turkey's Prime Minister Erdogan has announced that he will meet with protesters on Wednesday. At the time of the first reports of this meeting it was not clear who exactly he is scheduled to meet with.
The Taksim Solidarity Platform has meanwhile dropped its demand that those
responsible for police violence, including the Istanbul governor, resign from
office. This should not be read as a softening of demands, however, as
the Platform continues to demand that Gezi Park not be harmed, continues to
argue against planned tunnels in Taksim Square and is calling for an
investigation of the Kalyon construction company.
Demands that police
violence should be investigated, that the Ataturk Cultural Center should remain
as it is, that tear gas should be banned by law and that all obstacles to
freedom of expression should be removed appear to remain in place.
ruling AK Party still appears divided, as we have said here in earlier
posts. Prime Minister Erdoğan and AK Party officials move between threats and
cajoling. The AK Party and the government held six separate rallies yesterday
against the protests and some of these deteriorated into violence.
progressive Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) has stepped up its criticisms of the
government and the AKP. One BDP deputy has been quoted as saying, "First the
prime minister, then all AKP officials and deputies, should give up their
insulting, threatening, arrogant and imperious approaches immediately. The prime
minister should make an effort to understand what people on the streets are
saying instead of organizing counter rallies. If the prime minister went to Gezi
Park and listened to the people’s requests on-site instead of staging separatist
rallies in five different spots in Ankara, today, we might perhaps have come to
a point where the tension in the streets had ended."