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Pianist plays for peace in Taksim Square

Harmony in Taksim Square. Piano music makes a change from the chants of protesters and the pop of teargas canisters being fired. Davide Martello drove with his piano from Germany to Istanbul, where anti-government protests have raged for two weeks. He wants his music to bring calm to the troubled square. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PIANIST DAVIDE MARTELLO SAYING: "I am just playing because I want to share peace and not to attack the people.'' Martello started playing Thursday night and continued for twelve hours straight. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PIANIST DAVIDE MARTELLO SAYING: "So I want to fight with my piano until Erdogan says 'ok, let's speak.'" And on Friday there was a ray of hope. Protesters who met with Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan overnight say he will hold off on plans to redevelop Gezi Park until a court rules on the project. And if the court rules in favour of the government he has promised to hold a referendum.

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