02/06/2013

Syrian Minister: Release the prisoners of conscience in Turkey !

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Information Minister: Erdogan Should Respect His People's Will and Leave for Doha

Jun 2, 2013

Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi called for releasing the prisoners of conscience in Turkey, stressing that there is no justification for the arrest of this huge number of peaceful demonstrators.

Answering questions of the reporters on Sunday, the Minister said the use of excessive force in the face of the Turkish people is wrong, pointing out that the Turkish demonstrators are not terrorists.

Al-Zoubi said there is still an opportunity for Erdogan to halt the violence in Turkey, stressing that Erdogan should respect the will of his people and leave for Doha that might host him.

Popular protests against the policies of the Turkish government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan continued in Ankara and Istanbul for the third day in a row.

The Turkish police have used water cannon and tear gas to disperse a peaceful protest against the destruction of Gezi Park in central Istanbul.

Helicopter launched tear gas on the residential neighborhoods, while photos on the Youtube showed an armored police truck hit a protestor.

Rescue people told the media that about 1000 people were admitted to hospitals in Istanbul, while hundreds others were injured in Ankara due to clashes with the police.

The Amnesty International criticized the use of excessive force by the Turkish police to disperse the popular protests against Erdogan's government, saying "The use of tear gas against peaceful protestors and in confined spaces where it may constitute a serious danger to health is unacceptable, breaches international human rights standards and must be stopped immediately."

Amnesty International Europe and Central Asia Director John Dalhuisen said "The Turkish authorities must order police to halt any excessive use of force and urgently investigate all reports of abuse. They have a duty to ensure that people can exercise their right to free expression and assembly."

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http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/06/02/485328.htm

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