Protesters take to the streets in Turkey

In what seems to be the first major threat to the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has been in power for10 years, thousands of protesters continue to demonstrate at Istanbul’s Taksim Square.
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    Protestors clash with riot police between Taksim and Besiktas in Istanbul, on 2 June 2013, during a demonstration against the demolition of the Gezy park for a proposed redevelopment project. AFP
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    Protesters clash with riot police near Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s office on 3 June 2013. Over 10,000 people converged on Taksim Square on Sunday, shouting chants of “Dictator, resign!” and “victory, victory, victory”. AFP
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    Demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest against Erdogan. The unrest began as a sit-in over plans to redevelop Gezi Park in Istanbul’s Taksim Square, but escalated after police used tear gas and water-canons. Reuters
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    A man is hit by a jet of water during the protests. The controversial redevelopment project aimed at easing congestion around Taksim Square, involves uprooting trees from one of the few green areas left in central Istanbul. Reuters
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    The three days of demonstrations have left 1,000 people injured in Istanbul and 700 in Ankara, according to the news reports. The protests soon grew into a broad criticism of Erdogan’s decade-long rule, with protesters denouncing him as a dictator. AFP
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    Protesters gather at Taksim Square on 2 June 2013. As the protests continued on Monday, it increased the pressure on Turkey’s Islamist-rooted government which is responsible for unpopular laws like the one restricting the sale and consumption of alcohol. AFP

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