Tuesday 16 January 2018

Turkish police clash with protesters in Istanbul

Riot police use tear gas to disperse the crowd during an anti-government protest at Taksim Square in central Istanbul
Riot police use tear gas to disperse the crowd during an anti-government protest at Taksim Square in central Istanbul

TURKISH police fired tear gas and water cannon for a second day today to prevent hundreds of protesters reaching the central Taksim Square, scene of violent protests in which hundreds were injured yesterday.

Anti-government demonstrators wearing handkerchiefs and surgical masks chanted "unite against fascism" and "government resign" as they tried to walk down the street to Taksim, a Reuters witness said.

Protesters also clashed with police in the Besiktas neighbourhood, on the shores of the Bosphorus, after crossing a bridge in another apparent attempt to reach Taksim.

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