TEMPO.CO, Istanbul - AFP reported that the Turkish government has confirmed on Monday, June 16, that it will deploy the army to help police officers in dealing with anti-government protests.
Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc stated in a television broadcast that the police "will do everything in their power to end the protests." If this is not enough, we will mobilize the Turkish armed forces in several cities," he continued.
Tensions escalated in Turkey as Interior Minister Muammer Guler declared the nationwide union strike against the police as 'illegal'.
A day earlier, June 15, the police was involved in a clash in Taksim square. Tear gas and water canons were deployed to subdue the protesters. Meanwhile, Turkish Human Rights Foundation reported that a wave of protest in Ankara that occurred on Sunday, June 16, has killed five people, including one police officer, and injured 5,000 others.
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