Unions in Turkey began a two-day strike on Tuesday in solidarity with protesters, while a 22-year-old was shot to death at a rally in Antakya on Monday night, the second person to die in five days of demonstrations. Yesterday Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan insisted his government wouldn’t “give away anything to those who live arm-in-arm with terrorism” before departing on an official trip to North Africa, but today his deputy struck a different tone, apologizing for the police crackdown. In Ankara, police charged at the protesters—mainly teenagers—using tear gas and a water cannon to disperse them. Hundreds have been injured since a peaceful rally against the government’s plans to raze a tiny park in Istanbul has grown into a massive, countrywide demonstration against Erdogan’s rule.
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