Turkey: Erdogan Considers Referendum

People ♦ Published: June 13, 2013; 11:30 ♦ (Vindobona)

After international criticism was voiced for the use of tear gas by the Turkish police against tens of thousands of demonstrators, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan raised the issue of a referendum.

Turkey: Erdogan Considers Referendum / Picture: © Wikipedia / Randam

According to spokesman of the islamic-conservertive ruling party AKP Huseyin Celik, Erdogan had suggested to let the citizens of Istanbul vote on the controversial construction project in Gezi Park.

The idea of the referendum was the result of a meeting with artists, scientists and journalists in Ankara, which lasted more than five hours. The citizens of Istanbul or of the…