Protesters on Thursday rejected Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's "last warning" to evacuate an Istanbul park at the centre of mass anti-government demos, setting the stage for a showdown in a deadly conflict that has rocked the country.
A protestor shows v-sign as he stands near a barricade at Taksim Gezi park in Istanbul on June 13, 2013. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday issued a "last warning" for thousands of protesters to evacuate an Istanbul park at the centre of mass anti-government demos, ratcheting up tensions in two weeks of deadly unrest.
Representatives for the thousands camping out in Gezi Park said they rejected Erdogan's offer to leave the park in return for a referendum on its planned redevelopment, after the fight to save the site snowballed into the biggest challenge to the Islamic-rooted government's decade-long rule.
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