Erdoğan: "Go live in the forest, we're building roads!"
Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan yesterday noticed a placard stating: "We want forests not roads!".
He criticised the environmental activists, that were opposing the construction of a road through their forested campus at Ankara Mid East Tech University.
Erdogan stated that roads were what made civilisation and that they connect people. “Can something like that be? There are so many forests. You can’t get to your university if you have no roads. But if you want, we can send you to the forest. Go and live in forests, we're going to build roads!” demanded Erdogan.
Police had intervened repeatedly with tear gas and water cannons against demonstrators last week, similar to that of the Gezi Park incident back in June this year. Numerous complaints have been filed against the police alleging use of disproportionate force against protesters during the nationwide demonstrations that were sparked by a government plan to build on Istanbul's Gezi Park. An investigation has been launched into 32 police chiefs and 164 members of riot police units over alleged use of excessive force during the Gezi Park protests.
Riot Control Vehicle TOMA due to arrive in the TRNC - "We will not let it in!" says new PM.
Prime Minister Özkan Yorgancıoğlu promised to prevent the ordered water cannons from entering the TRNC despite a standing order for the vehicles.
The first TOMA (Mass Incident Intervention Vehicle) is expected to arrive on the island at the end of this month. The order of the TOMA was originally placed by the TRNC security forces command in May earlier this year via the Economy Ministry. The request for the TOMA's did not become controversial until the eruption of the Gezi Park protests.
"It is not wanted here in the TRNC, if necessary, we will stand at customs and not let it in”, said Prime Minister Yorgancıoğlu.