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All Istanbul Will Vote on Park Plans, Turkish Government Says

The whole of Istanbul will vote on a project to redevelop Gezi Park in the city center that sparked the protest movement of recent weeks, government spokesman Huseyin Celik said today.

The plebiscite will cover an area with a population of about 14 million people in 39 districts and towns, from the Black Sea coastal town of Sile to the town of Silivri more than 70 kilometers west of Istanbul, according to Celik’s announcement in Ankara today. The government had previously said the vote may be held across Istanbul or in the Beyoglu district that includes Gezi Park and the adjoining Taksim Square.