UPDATE 4-Turkish ruling party orders protesters from Istanbul park

Wed Jun 12, 2013 4:40pm EDT
 
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* Hundreds still camped out in Gezi Park

* Ruling party mulls referendum on development plans

* Prime Minister meets protest representatives

* Hundreds of lawyers stage protest

By Jonathon Burch and Ayla Jean Yackley

ANKARA/ISTANBUL, June 12 (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party ordered protesters out of an Istanbul park on Wednesday, while making a limited concession in the form of an offer to hold a referendum on redevelopment plans that caused nearly two weeks of riots.

Huseyin Celik, deputy chairman of the Justice and Development (AK) Party, said hundreds of demonstrators still camped in Gezi Park, which adjoins Taksim Square in the heart of Istanbul, must leave immediately.

Police fired tear gas into thousands of people gathered on Taksim late on Tuesday, sending them scattering into side streets, before bulldozing barricades and reopening the square to traffic for the first time since the troubles began.

But a ramshackle settlement of tents pitched in Gezi Park in the corner of the square, in what began as a peaceful campaign over plans to build there, were left largely untouched as skirmishes raged around them.   Continued...