Turkish government offers possible referendum on public park

Turkey’s government says it may be willing to put to referendum the question of building in a public park — the issue that sparked violent anti-government protests.

Spokesman Huseyin Celik said Wednesday that in a democracy, only the will of the people counts. But he again demanded that the protests stop.

Celik spoke after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with a delegation of protesters. But many of the other demonstrators brushed off the talks, saying the government hand-picked the delegation.

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