Erdogan says political opponents behind student protests

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday accused his political opponents of being behind a month of student protests rattling his 18-year rule. Erdogan has launched daily verbal attacks on the demonstrations as they have grown in size and resulted in hundreds of arrests this week. Most of those detained have been released but the crackdown has hampered Erdogan’s tentative efforts to mend Turkey’s relations with Western allies in the face of deep economic problems at home. The protest movement kicked off when Erdogan decided to appoint a party loyalist as the rector of Istanbul’s elite …

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