Turkey: Italian FM Bonino strongly condemns police violence

'Right to peaceful protest a pillar of democracy', Bonino says

(ANSAmed) - ROME, JUNE 4 - Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino on Tuesday strongly condemned police violence against anti-government demonstrators in Turkey. ''The disproportionate use of force by police cannot be an acceptable answer to the protests'', the minister said in a note. ''The right to demonstrate peacefully is an essential pillar of democracy, as are pluralism and tolerance''. ''The news coming from Turkey is a source of great apprehension, and the fact that the ongoing tensions have caused a number of victims is very serious. We expect all parties in Turkey to take action to stop all forms of violence and to promote the necessary climate of dialogue and peaceful debate between differing positions and orientations''. ''Italy still believes firmly in a European outlook for Turkey and in its role as a fundamental factor of stability and security on a regional scale'', the minister went on. ''We trust that Turkey will overcome this difficult moment, confirming it is a mature democracy that, in the words of Turkish President Abdullah Gul, does not live solely on free elections''. (ANSAmed).

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