Turkish PM vows to rid 'troublemakers' from park

Protesters play soccer as police forces guards the Taksim Square in Istanbul on Thursday, June 13, 2013. Turkey's government on Wednesday offered a first concrete gesture aimed at ending nearly two weeks of street protests, proposing a referendum on a development project in Istanbul that triggered demonstrations that have become the biggest challenge to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's 10-year tenure. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Protesters play soccer as police forces guards the Taksim Square in Istanbul on Thursday, June 13, 2013. Turkey's government on Wednesday offered a first concrete gesture aimed at ending nearly two weeks of street protests, proposing a referendum on a development project in Istanbul that triggered demonstrations that have become the biggest challenge to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's 10-year tenure. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says police will remove "troublemakers" from Istanbul's Taksim Square within 24 hours.

The Thursday warning comes less than a day after Erdogan's Islamic-rooted party offered a plan to hold a referendum over a development plan near the square that has fanned two weeks of protests. Five people have died and more than 5,000 have been injured during the violence.

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