Turkish PM derides protesters

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan piled ridicule on activists behind weeks of protests against his government during a rally yesterday and defended riot police who fired water cannon at crowds in Istanbul a day earlier. In Erzurum, Erdogan praised his supporters and the general public for opposing what he called a plot against his country. The mass rally was the fifth which Erdogan has called since protests began to challenge his 10-year rule.