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Turkey's Prime Minister has rejected criticism of police violence against protesters. Recep Tayyip Erdogan was reacting to comments from a European Union official. The EU Enlargement Commissioner, Stefan Fuele, had earlier urged Turkey to investigate the violence and punish those responsible. The Turkish leader said on Friday that police in Europe would use even greater force against protesters.
土耳其总理雷杰普·塔伊普·埃尔多安（Recep Tayyip Erdogan）否认警察暴力针对示威者，以此回应欧盟官员的评论。欧盟扩大委员会专员斯特凡·傅尔（Stefan Fuele）此前曾督促土耳其调查这起暴力事件并惩罚责任人。埃尔多安周五表示，欧洲的警察对示威者会更暴力。
The two men spoke at a conference in Istanbul. Turkey is seeking membership in the EU.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Erdogan had demanded an immediate end to nationwide protests against his government. He spoke at Istanbul's airport to thousands of supporters. The crowd shouted "We will crush them" and "God is Great" as they waited for him to return from a week-long visit to North African nations.
Speaking to the crowd, the prime minister said the anti-government protests border on illegality.
His comments were far different from an apology earlier in the week from Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc. He said it was wrong to use "excessive force" against people seeking to protect the environment.
The demonstrations began at the end of May after the government announced plans to redevelop Gezi park in Istanbul. Protesters say the park is one of the few open and natural spaces in a city of almost 14 million people.
The early protests were called to protect trees from being destroyed. The demonstrations spread across the country as people reacted to the police violence.
One incident repeatedly shown on television news and social media shows a policeman firing tear gas at a woman in a red dress. Some demonstrators now carry pictures of the incident that say, "The more you tear gas us, the bigger we get."
Protesters also condemned actions aimed at enforcing Islamic rules. One recent law, for example, added restrictions on alcohol use. Protesters see the restrictions as evidence of the government enforcing Islamic values in a democratic and non-religious state.
As many as 1,700 protesters were arrested in about 60 cities during the past week. In Izmir, police raided the homes of Twitter and Facebook users. The charges against those arrested said they had incited crime.
A young demonstrator expressed fears that fighting between government supporters and protesters would divide the Turkish people.
"I think unfortunately we will start fighting with our people, the other side. The other side, their side. But I don't think there's something like the other side. But he's supporting the other side."
The proposed development of Gezi park is part of a larger building project in Istanbul. It includes plans to build a new mosque, a shopping center and a performing arts center. The proposal calls for destroying the historic Ataturk Cultural Center. The center is named for Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who established the modern Republic of Turkey. Last week, a local court ordered a temporary stop to work on the project.
格济公园发展构想是伊斯坦布尔一个较大建设项目的一部分。该项目包括新建一个清真寺、一个购物中心和一个表演艺术中心。该构想需要拆除历史悠久的阿塔图尔克文化中心。该中心得名自建立现代土耳其共和国的穆斯塔法·凯末尔·阿塔图尔克（Mustafa Kemal Ataturk）。上周，当地法院下令暂时停止该项目的建设。
Turkish media has criticized itself for failing to report on the events of the past week. One television network, NTV, apologized after some reporters resigned in protest at the lack of reporting on the early protests.