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White House welcomes Deputy Prime Minister Arinc’s apology to protestors

White House Spokesperson Jay Carney reiterated importance of Turkey for the U.S., welcomed Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc’s more conciliatory tone, and once again, urged all parties to refrain from violence on a press briefing on June 4. Read the full excerpt below:  Read more

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White House calls for an investigation of excessive use of violence in Turkey protests

White House Spokesperson Jay Carney answered questions in regards to the ongoing protests in Turkey on June 3. Carney reiterated the full support of the United States for full freedom of express and assembly, including right to peaceful protest, expressed that the U.S. Read more

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State Department: We are concerned about the number of injured

Department of State Spokesperson Jen Psaki commented on the Gezi Parki protests in Turkey on May 30 during the Daily Press Briefing. Psaki expressed the State Department’s concern “about the number of people who were injured when police dispersed protesters in Istanbul’s Gezi Park.” She continued, “We believe that Turkey’s  long-term stability, security, and prosperity is best guaranteed by upholding the fundamental freedoms of expression, assembly, and association, which is what it seems these individuals were doing.”  Read the full excerpt below:  Read more