June 4, 2013
Faced with striking unions, continuing mass protests, and efforts to storm the prime minister’s office in Istanbul, Bulent Arinc, the deputy prime minister took a conciliatory tone, trying to “reason” with the protesters.
“The use of excessive force shown against the people who initially started this protest with the motive of protecting the environment was wrong,” he said.
“And it was unfair. So I apologise to those citizens,” Mr Arinc said at a news conference in Ankara.