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Erdogan slams protest criticism

HARSH:The Turkish PM likened the unrest to the Occupy Wall Street movement, but the US embassy tweeted that police actions during those protests did not cause any deaths


NATO member Turkey has long sought to join the EU, but efforts have stalled in recent years, with reticence over the country’s human rights record a key stumbling block.

Fule, the EU’s top official on the issue, said the bloc was sticking by the country’s membership bid.

While opposition to the premier is intense, the 59-year-old Erdogan has won three elections in a row and gained almost 50 percent of votes in 2011, having presided over strong economic growth.

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