Further protests in Istanbul have piled more pressure on Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who returned from a trip to North Africa this morning to a rapturous welcome from supporters in Istanbul Airport. So far three people have been killed in demonstrations, which stem from the redevelopment of a park in the capital, with allegations of police brutality further enflaming the situation. Pat was joined by Mary FitzGerald, Foreign Correspondent with the Irish Times.
Anti government demonstrations have continued in Turkey for a fifth night with police using tear gas and water cannon to disperse the protesters. Earlier in the day, the country’s Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc had apologised for the violent police response to initial protests last week. It is expected that Mr. Arinc will meet with activists later today. Joining Pat from Istanbul was Mary Fitzgerald foreign affairs correspondent of the Irish Times.