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Turkish prime minister retains support amid protests

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The protesters in the park say that Erdogan needs to expand his rule of the 50 percent to take into account 100 percent.

"I am a totally apolitical person," said Gulperi Sertel, 25, a biochemical engineer who was walking through Gezi Park one recent evening with her family and said she had never participated in protests before this week. She said she feared for her right to dress as she pleased.

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Erdogan’s party "does some good things," she said, pointing to construction across the city. "But ideologically I am opposed."

Washington Post correspondent Asli Sozbilir contributed to this report.

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