Erdoğan offers to suspend Gezi Park redevelopment pending court case

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Turkish PM makes concession after late night meetings with protesters’ representatives to end almost two weeks of demonstrations

German pianist Davide Martello entertains protesters in Taksim Square

German pianist Davide Martello entertains protesters in Taksim Square. Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a series of late night meetings with protesters’ representatives in a bid to end the occupation. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

Turkey‘s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, appears to be backing away from a threatened “final” confrontation to clear thousands of protestersoccupying an Istanbul park, after a series of late night meetings with representatives of those involved in street protests that have engulfed dozens of Turkish cities.

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