European Parliament urges Turkey to avoid violence

The European Parliament on Thursday urged the Turkish government not to use harsh measures against peaceful protesters and appealed to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to take a conciliatory stance.


Turkey has been rocked for the past two weeks by anti-government demonstrations centered on Istanbul's Taksim Square. Police have frequently used tear gas and water cannon to break up protests. Three people - one a policeman - have been killed and about 5,000 injured. (Reuters)