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Gerald Celente on why Anti-Government protests anger mounts in Turkey - Gerald Celente on RT

Gerald Celente - RTTV International - June 6, 2013

The number of deaths during a series of demonstrations in Turkey reaches three, ahead of the PM's return to the country.A policeman has died after falling into an underpass while trying to subdue continued protests in Turkey.

The death in the southern city of Adana came during a seventh day of action across the country, during which a total of three people have now died.

Governor Huseyin Avni Cos said the officer died in a hospital after falling into the underpass that was still under construction the previous night.

Meanwhile, supporters of prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan have been urged not to welcome him on his return from abroad.

Speaking after thousands of angry demonstrators called for the resignation of the PM, deputy leader of the ruling party, Huseyin Celik, said: "The prime minister does not need a show of power." When Mr Erdogan flew out of Turkey on Monday - on a four-day visit to north Africa - he dismissed the protests, saying they would have died down before he returned.

However, protests continued, with police on Wednesday evening using tear gas and water cannon to disperse demonstrators in Ankara's central Kizilay Square.

The situation was quieter in Istanbul, for the first time since the unrest began last Friday.

It was a heavy-handed police response to a peaceful demonstration in Istanbul that sparked nationwide anti-government protests denouncing PM Erdogan, who has been in power since 2002.

Most of the anger has been directed at the prime minister who is accused of becoming increasingly authoritarian and seeking to force conservative Islamic values on Turkey, a mainly Muslim but constitutionally secular nation. But Mr Erdogan has dismissed the protesters as "extremists".

Turkey's Nobel Prize-winning novelist Orhan Pamuk blamed the government for the unrest in a scathing article published online by the Hurriyet daily news organisation.

He denounced the authorities for having failed to consult the public over plans to redevelop the Istanbul park, the issue that sparked the initial protests on Friday.

"This insensitive policy is no doubt part of the ever more authoritarian and repressive attitude of the government," he wrote.

Two other people have been killed in the seven days of unrest nationwide, according to doctors and officials, who say more than 4,000 people have been injured, 43 of them seriously, as police used tear gas, pepper spray and water cannon on the protesters.

The Turkish government, while acknowledging some police excesses, has defending its handling of the crisis, insisting: "Turkey is not a second-class democracy."

Turkey's Western allies have voiced concern in recent days over the police violence.

Turkey Protests Continue As Erdogan Returns