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Face to face with Turkey's prime minister

June 12th, 2013
04:56 PM ET

CNN's Christiane Amanpour speaks to a Turkish filmmaker who was in the meeting that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan held Wednesday concerning the ongoing protests. The filmmaker confirms that the prime minister said he will take the idea of a referendum over the fate of the contested Gezi Park to his party.

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  1. Name*yener

    Hi there. Please be aware that the pressure here to change our life styles in amazingly high. These protests are a consequence not a reason

    June 12, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Reply
    • bezoz

      To all the courageous Turks who are refusing to live under this undercover monster, the world is very proud of you. You are rewriting your country's and Turkey's history!

      June 12, 2013 at 6:16 pm | Reply
      • bezoz

        Correction: Your country's and the region's history.

        June 12, 2013 at 6:17 pm |
      • Fusun

        thank you bezoz on behalf of all my sisters and brothers who are out there despite the unacceptable violance posed on them every single day since demonstrations started....

        June 14, 2013 at 10:26 am |
      • jim

        owner of the blog, hates to see Turkey to progress and be powerful...that's why she's one sided and deceptive. Real Turks know exactly whats going on. Turkey is becoming a strong and stable state. Enemies of Turkey becomes so unconformable by this fact..Citizens of Turkey, please don't be a tool to destabilize your own Country.

        June 14, 2013 at 2:15 pm |
    • Kazim

      I am living in Turkey also, my wife is a cristian and she has been living here with me for the last 9 years of which last 6 years she is also Turkish citizen. In her Turkish ID her religion is mentioned as Cristian. Both of us we drink alcohol. Even we make at home wine. Nobody is interfering in our way of life. She is voting for AkParty. So it means we are living in another country than you?

      June 12, 2013 at 8:18 pm | Reply
      • Mert

        Kazim, PM has been interfering our lives for 11 years. It all started when he said "Dear Ocalan is accounted for the heads he had taken" about the head of the terrorist group PKK which murdered 30,000 Turkish citizens. If this is not interfering with our lives then you must be delusional or living in a dream world. Wake up!

        June 13, 2013 at 1:36 am |
      • patriot

        To Mert, trying to solve one of the biggest problem (pkk) is not interfering at all. it's breaking the chains of TURKEY.

        June 13, 2013 at 9:03 pm |
    • Erkan

      Cannot confirm. I live in Istanbul and party every weekend as hell. Nobody disturbed me. But because of you protestors, I cannot go to a club in Taksim! You are interfering in my life.

      June 13, 2013 at 11:24 am | Reply
      • ali

        nice to hear that you party, just some examples for you how it interferes our daily life : can you buy 2 beers at 23:00 on the way to your party from any shop? you had a one night stand during your party and your partner is pregnant, what about abortion, the day after pills? did you try partying in Ramadan in Kayseri or Konya? During your party can you speak freely with your friends about Erdogan and speak out loudly that he turns to be a dictator?

        June 14, 2013 at 8:22 am |
      • Fusun

        so sorry that you cannot party Erkan!!! you could go to other countries in the region where possible under similar regimes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! get real open your eyes look around maybe you will be able to ustand better

        June 14, 2013 at 10:24 am |
    • jim

      there is no pressure, just more human rights to every citizen of Turkey. Of course, you only want your right to oppress the majority of Turks. you don't like to have all people in Turkey have equal rights...

      June 14, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Reply
  2. firat izgur

    the people who visited today prime minister are selected between his believers. this was just a show to the foreign world. but we know exactly who they are. this is very dirty game played by turkish government. when you wish we can send to you bacgrounds of this people for your approval.
    try to check this list. you will see what a tragedy is happening in turkey.

    June 12, 2013 at 5:38 pm | Reply
    • Ozen Townsend

      so true

      June 12, 2013 at 6:15 pm | Reply
      • jim

        please be aware, whole foreign media especially CNN and BBC conducted a black operation on Turkey. They used sensitivity of some people in this country. Its just about they are no longer control increasingly independent Turkey. Entire front of Freedom, dictatorship, young generations, and trees in gezi park are lies and deception.

        June 14, 2013 at 2:28 pm |
    • oguz


      June 12, 2013 at 7:29 pm | Reply
    • munire

      And please help Ankara also; they're under attack!

      June 12, 2013 at 7:42 pm | Reply
    • Rifat

      people who claim their rights are being restricted, are not sincere about it. they never support ( want even more bans on) the basic rights of majority of people in Turkey. they only care about their twisted perception of freedom. for them, for instance bringing international standards to alcohol consumption is interfering their way of life.

      June 13, 2013 at 9:15 pm | Reply
    • Tarık

      Absolutely right.However when i look at the news on CNN or BBC i realize they see and understand everything as fast as the people living on Turkey and just show the real situation to the world.So I think they see and publish these dirty games too.Many thanks to these esteemed journalists (Especially to Amanpour)

      June 14, 2013 at 2:57 am | Reply
  3. gokhan

    at first it may sound nice, but before that there is a court decision which stopped the construction project on the Gezi park. The governmet or the city of Istanbul can't have a referandum on an independant court decision. This is just a tactic of buying time .

    June 12, 2013 at 5:42 pm | Reply
  4. erdem cahit

    The representative meeting with Erdogan are not among the Gezi protestors. They were selected by the PM himself, they do not make any declaration of what has been discussed for 7 hours in the meeting.

    June 12, 2013 at 5:52 pm | Reply
  5. atila

    These so called freedom seekers make petrol bombs and destroy everything on their path damaging the image of the country.

    They only want freedom for themselves but not for others.One cannot be truly democratic if they do not want democracy for the others too.
    These people do not represent my country;they are just bitter losers who can never win on elections and take their frustrations on the street on the first occasion that comes their way.
    Western word get this;one square or park full of these revolution seeking dreamers do not represent the whole of Turkey.
    They will lose ,lose,lose.Erdogan is the best thing that happened to Turkey after Turgut Ozal.
    Long live Prime Minister we are all behind you.

    June 12, 2013 at 5:57 pm | Reply
    • bezoz

      But when they did the same thing in Syria, your boss Erdogan came out swinging in support. Look up hypocrisy in the dictionary when you have a moment, please!

      June 12, 2013 at 6:12 pm | Reply
      • Cenk

        But you can not vote against Assad. That's the main difference. You are stuck with him.

        June 12, 2013 at 6:46 pm |
    • munire

      I can't belive you; please think! You don't have to think like us; but he is a liar don't you see? We can't breathe here in Istanbul; Turkey because of his tear gas bombs and his authorization. We want only freedom!

      June 12, 2013 at 7:48 pm | Reply
      • rojob

        Turky's protester want freedom .what freedom ?? to burn vehicle , disturbing generals life . their demand actually nothing but only to creat problem in Erodgans power . i don't see much logical cause of protester to be so angry . one reason can be police attacked them by tear gas etc. but the beginning of the protester for what?? no logical reason . i think not only police but also protester is violent . this is not good also . but western media gets it as a hot cake. & use this against Erodgan .coz he is the one representative of modern Muslim . He is working for Worlds Muslim

        June 12, 2013 at 11:36 pm |
      • Ali Demir

        Cenk, think it this way,
        why western governments do not brutally attack on the opponents ?

        June 13, 2013 at 8:03 am |
      • Jane

        you have more freedom than ever in modern Turkey's history. You hate others freedom clearly. your freedom ends where the others begins

        June 13, 2013 at 9:28 pm |
    • alam

      this is exactly true. The protesters demand actually nothing but a plea to make disturbance on Erodgans period. The success of Erodgan is more than any government of Turky. Actually protester is from secularist those r rejected by the people in general election. They know if Erodgans success goes without ceasing the secularist will be vanished one day in the political world . Islam will be solution for all problem . Islam can bring happiness & peach . It can give prosperity in both world here life & hereafter life .

      June 12, 2013 at 11:26 pm | Reply
  6. Onder Konuralp

    When will the Prime Minister will understand that it is not about Gezi Park project. Prime Minister tries to content the issue in a project and push everything else under carpet. The people who attended in this meeting does not represent the protesting people and they are chosen by the prime minister himself.

    June 12, 2013 at 6:07 pm | Reply
    • bezoz

      Remember that "Turkey is NOT like the rest of the countries that had a recent revolution"... as they say: Famous last words 🙂

      June 12, 2013 at 6:14 pm | Reply
    • Random

      He is well aware of that. This is just part of the "See, we are on top of this. We are listening!" play. I am glad to see from the comments here that it won't work. Only ignorant fools would fall for this!

      June 12, 2013 at 8:27 pm | Reply
  7. Yaprak

    White house is being attacked and Obama meets with Kim Kardashian, does that make sense?? He's trying to find the people that would calm down his 50 % that only watch tv at home who thinks TV characters are real people...He cares about elections now, if he's going to make it which I don't see happening=) dream on honey!!

    June 12, 2013 at 6:14 pm | Reply
    • jim

      if the crowd in gezi and taksim acted the same way around white house ( destroying public and private property, set things on fire) they would be punished along with the ones who provoked it accordingly. there wouldn't be meeting with president, needless to say

      June 14, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Reply
  8. Suheyla

    There is a High Court decision/order to stop this Park Project. Prime Minister is not recognizing this order and says I will demolish the park, further I can even build a mosque there. There is no need for a referendum, there is a court order to obey.

    June 12, 2013 at 9:41 pm | Reply
  9. jimmy lim

    Never trust this insincere hypocritical islamist PM. He wants to curb all Turks freedoms of speech, press, choice, expression, religion and revert to the 7th Century if possible

    June 12, 2013 at 9:43 pm | Reply
  10. jimmy lim

    Erdogan has become an islamist dictator. He thinks he is all mighty

    June 12, 2013 at 9:45 pm | Reply
    • tsultan

      telling blindly Erdogan is dictator is not justice . you have to see the success of Erdogan what he did for Turky .you r saying him dictator but see how many people he killed & how many peole killed by Bangladeshi secularist Hasina "BANGLADESH: A massacre of demonstrators "

      June 12, 2013 at 11:57 pm | Reply
      • Ali Demir

        than we could have said " Hitler was not bad for Germans ( if he were successful) . Germany aber alles.
        But you need to consider others too to reach the real eternal truth.

        June 13, 2013 at 8:10 am |
      • Fusun

        hi tsultan, apparently you do not live in Turkey! pls do make a research of his "success", for me and many like me nothing has changed, only that i am out of job now 'cos I simply and ABSOLUTELY do not share his views.. yes he has been successful to "feed" his supporters in every way, limiting in te meantime my daily life more and more and more... last but not least he has divided the country, which is the worse which a "leader" can do....... we have seen many such examples and their results.. also still ongoing in Syria..

        June 14, 2013 at 10:36 am |
  11. Zeynep

    İ make comment, why don't you publish it?

    June 13, 2013 at 6:46 am | Reply
  12. rie matsumoto

    では また)/~rie matsumoto

    June 13, 2013 at 7:19 am | Reply
  13. Erkan

    CNN is very biased concerning these protests. Shame on you.

    June 13, 2013 at 11:21 am | Reply
    • jim

      Totally agree there... cnn and their war reporters sent to Turkey before hand.that should tell you something. those reporters acted like ideologically blind militants... shame on them big timee.

      June 14, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Reply
  14. rie matsumoto

    Hello,番組みてました. Syria:化学兵器はっきりしましたか.答えは,Syria国民を助けに,行くのです.これは戦争犯罪だ.
    では また)/~rie matsumoto

    June 13, 2013 at 8:28 pm | Reply
  15. raj

    well continue drinking as long as the goverment allow to when not consider to be dry... lol

    June 14, 2013 at 7:11 am | Reply
  16. a non blind turk

    Erdogan is a liar ...In just last 10 days ;

    -He said ; 17 people died in occupy wall street -> U.S. Embassy claimed its is not true ,

    -He said protesters escaping from police took refuge in a mosque, drank beer in mosque – > imam of mosque contradicted,

    -He said they killed a police which is died after falling from an overpass while running after protesters,

    -He said he planted 2.8 billion trees which is truly lie if we don't consider tulips as a tree,

    -He and his governor told they will not attack protesters today and talk with their delegates , but they did attack today

    .....many more lies to cant write here .

    And beside all these Hz. MUHAMMAD Mustafa (S.A.V.) said "My believers does fornication , they do drink alcohol, they gamble but they never lie" so ... what are these lies? Is he trying to put a building over these young people bloods to make his son in love even more richer as FT mentioned. I am a Muslim too which is try to do ecclesiastical laws but i have to tell true because "Person who saw the injustice and stop saying that is a dumb devil " is another order of my prophet. I wish peace to World

    June 14, 2013 at 7:25 am | Reply
    • jim

      you can not be Turk, because you're defending the lies of the circles, who don't want Turkey a regional power and a global player. your sources of information are proved to be liars.

      June 14, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Reply
      • Faruk

        Jim, you must be a joke man. Whatever "a non blind turk" has wrote is precisely true.
        Second is; Turkey can be one of the top countries like former Soviet Union or the actual Iran Islamic Republic. What matters is whether the society is happy or not. Unfortunately there is a very sharp and big income difference between the poor and rich; there's a huge difference between the life standards which we want to live and which we actually live. So before acting the regional power we have to clean our own backyard.

        June 14, 2013 at 7:54 pm |
  17. Alpaslan

    Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is not a diktatör. An elected Prime Minister in the democratic. Trip to the park, the military coup in Turkey before most of pointers and its political extensions. Bomb the American embassy which gave open support to this action groups. Many of the activists in the country for many years the exploitation of children elitist.

    CHP activists suspected of belonging to an extension of his political thought and in Turkey coup and an elected prime minister and the two secretaries of the four were executed. CHP activists suspected of belonging to an extension of his political thought and in Turkey coup and an elected prime minister and the two secretaries of the four were executed.

    8 hours of uninterrupted stay in the air without CNN What about advertising? The Turkish nation will never forget those days before history and impact and accountability from those who will ask her dish in the days to come.

    Respect for justice and the choice of millions of silent waiting for their homes to friends and foes alike gave response provoked by being caught up in a democracy. Also if you have to also give the streets. The preference of the majority of the rights of the minority, yes, but also learn to respect everyone. I wonder if our friends in the Western deceived us for years? Democracy is not it? Democracy, everyone came to work as a management uses? Minority to dominate the majority? The government says it will not if the artillery barracks of the judiciary, a negative result. Is the result of the plebiscite in favor of the judgment whether the government will act in accordance with the opinion of the people, he says. How is that undemocratic? No matter where they got this dictatorship?

    June 24, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Reply
  18. Alpaslan

    Son olarak burada kendi milletini, kendi hükumetini eleştirerek dışarıdan yandaş bulmaya çalışan tipler, sizlere denecek hiç bir söz yok. Adam gibi çalışıp, üretmediniz, yan gelip yattınız. 250 yıldır anadolu insanını bu şikayet ettiğiniz batılıların silahlarının karşısında kelimenin tam anlamı ile biçtirdiniz. biz ürettik siz istanbul da ve sahillerde tükettiniz. Başımıza PKK yı musallat ettiniz dağlarda yine anadolu insanı öldü. Siz AVM lerde keyif çatarken biz öldük. Amaaa artık yağma yok. Bize ölmeyi emretti komutanlar, biz öldük, zafer kazandık size övünmesi düştü. Sorgulamadan öldük hem de ülkemiz için milletimiz için yaşat ki yaşayasın dedik. Ama siz ve o kahrolası zihniyetiniz kendiniz yaşadınız ve bize hiç yaşam hakkı vermediniz. Şunu o koca kafalarınıza sokun. Evet biz müslümanız ve sizi her şeye rağmen affederiz AMA BİR DAHA ASLA SİZE BU ÜLKENİN YÖNETİMİNİ VERMEYİZ. KANIRTA KANIRTA "ÇOĞUNLUĞUN" YÖNETİMİNİ KABUL EDECEKSİNİZ. EŞŞEK GİBİ YÖNETECEĞİZ SİZİ. Hadi dağılın artık şerefsizler.

    June 24, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Reply
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