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Turkey PM warns of crackdown if protesters defy ban

Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a signing ceremony in Istanbul May 30, 2014. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

ANKARA: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Saturday police would clamp down on anyone defying a ban on demonstrations at Istanbul's Taksim Square on the anniversary of a wave of mass protests last year.

"If you go there, our security forces have received clear-cut instructions and will do whatever is necessary from A to Z," Erdogan told thousands of supporters at an Istanbul rally.

"You will not be able to take to [Taksim] like you did last year because you are obliged to abide by the laws... If you do not, the state will do whatever is necessary for its security."

 

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