Pro-Erdogan editor: Protests will be taken as foreign intervention

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Supporters of the "No" gesture and chant slogans as they hold placards reading "No" during a march at the Kadikoy district in Istanbul on April 17, 2017 to protest following the results in a nationwide referendum that will determine Turkey's future destiny. Turkey's opposition on April 17, 2017 called for the annulment of a referendum giving President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sweeping new powers, as international monitors voiced concern over the campaign and vote count. / AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC

İbrahim Karagül, editor-in-chief of the pro-government Yeni Şafak daily, said that Sunday’s street protests of the results of a referendum held that day will be taken as foreign intervention.

“Gezi [Park protests]-like street terror this time will be taken as foreign intervention, will be perceived as the July 15 coup was,” Karagül said on Twitter.

“The results of the referendum have shaken the balances. Western intelligence services have been planning new games in Turkey. This country cannot allow a new Gezi terror,” added Karagül.

Dozens of people were detained after protesting the April 16 referendum results in rallies across Turkey.

Chairman of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu on Tuesday said they do not recognize the results of a referendum held on April 16 due to irregularities in the voting process, saying the party will never recognize the outcome.

Earlier on Tuesday the CHP applied to the YSK demanding the cancellation of the referendum due to irregularities in the voting process.

A referendum on a constitutional reform package that introduces an executive presidency in Turkey received 51.4 percent of the vote in favor, but some opposition parties have contested the results due to the use of unauthenticated ballots.

Late on Sunday, the YSK issued instructions that significantly changed the ballot validity criteria and said the unauthenticated ballots were valid.

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