Turkish Deputy PM Denies Blaming 'Jewish Diaspora' for Gezi Park Protests

Besir Atalay says he never actually said that Jews and 'world powers' were to blame for last year's protests in Taksim Square in Istanbul.

Reuters

Turkey's deputy prime minister on Tuesday denied reports that he blamed "world powers and the Jewish Diaspora" for last year's Gezi Park protests in Istanbul.

Speaking at a conference in Washington D.C., Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay said "I didn't make such a statement" when asked about the alleged remarks, Today's Zaman reported.

Atalay told the conference his remarks were "interpreted" by a news agency, and that he never actually made the statement about the Taskim Square protests. 

According to the reports last July, Atalay said that "world powers and the Jewish Diaspora prompted" the popular unrest and "actively encouraged it." He was also cited as saying that the international media played a large part in the "conspiracy as well."

"The ones trying to obstruct Great Turkey’s way will not succeed," he declared, according to the reports.