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Opponents 'terrorizing' the streets: Turkey PM

ANKARA -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday accused his opponents of trying to stir up chaos ahead of key local elections later this month, a day after clashes in which two people died.

His comments, directed at politicians, businesspeople and the media, came after tens of thousands of people turned out to mourn a 15-year-old boy who died from injuries suffered in anti-government protests last year, sparking violence between police and protesters.

On Thursday, Erdogan said demonstrators had destroyed the offices of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Istanbul, and lashed out at what he called "ugly attempts" to manipulate March 30 elections.

"They are trying to get results by provoking and terrorizing the streets," he said.

"They are charlatans, they are not honest. They have nothing to do with democracy," he added.

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