Monday 20 November 2017

'Dozens detained' in police swoops

Riot police use water cannons to chase people in Istanbul, Turkey (AP Photo)
Riot police use water cannons to chase people in Istanbul, Turkey (AP Photo)

Dozens of people suspected of involvement in violence against police during a wave of anti-government protests have been detained during a series of raids, according to Turkish news reports.

NTV television said the swoops in Ankara and Istanbul targeted left-wing groups.

Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency said at least 25 people were detained in Ankara and many others in Istanbul.

Earlier, police detained a dozen people who stood still in Istanbul's Taksim Square in a form of passive defiance against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's authority after activists were ousted from a sit-in in a park over the weekend.

The wave of anti-government protest that has swept through Turkey since May 31 has shaken the country's secular democracy.

Press Association

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