Turkish PM Erdogan defends his 'duty' to end protests

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he carried out his "duty" by deploying riot police who evicted thousands of activists behind Istanbul's Gezi Park.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan hits back at protesters. Credit: APTN

In a thunderous speech to hundreds of thousands of supporters in western Istanbul, Erdogan also railed against foreign media coverage of the protests.

The Turkish PM addresses supporters in western Istanbul,. Credit: APTN

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Police crackdown in Turkey

Turkish police have launched a crackdown on anti-government protesters in Istanbul after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned the demonstrators to evacuate in a speech at a rally in the capital Ankara.