A group of deputies from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) have staged a sit-in June 15 to prevent the police’s intervention against thousands of protesters that had gathered in Ankara after the heavy-handed evacuation of Istanbul’s Gezi Park triggered an outcry across the country.
CHP deputy group chair Emine Ülker Tarhan and other five deputies have stayed more than two hours and negotiated with the police assuring them that the protesters would not throw objects.
“We don’t want to go through in Ankara with the scenes that happened after the intervention to Gezi Park,” Tarhan told police officers. Police also gave guarantees that there would be no intervention if there would not be any provocation.
Tension was already high in Ankara where police had intervened for sixth consecutive days as 30 people had been taken in custody on June 14. Outrage had peaked yesterday following another brutal crackdown to Istanbul’s Gezi Park and hours of clashes between the police and peaceful protesters across the city.
The intervention to the park came only one hour after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gave an ultimatum to protesters to live the park.