In the latest round of violent clashes between police and anti-government protesters in Istanbul's Taksim Square, the two sides faced off with police using water cannons and tear gas and the protesters responding with Molotov cocktails, stones, homemade fireworks and makeshift shields. The police eventually pulled out. The Turkish protesters are calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan because of his increasingly authoritarian policies. According to a CNN translation, Prime Minster Erdogan responded on Sunday to protesters in the capital Ankara, saying, “Let's face off at the ballot box in seven months. If you are saying democracy and freedom, if you are saying rights and freedoms, you cannot achieve that with violence. Only within the laws, you can achieve it.”
Protests have continued since late May, evolving from a peaceful sit-in to prevent the demolition of Gezi Park into an anti-Erdogan and anti-authoritarian government protest.
Take a look at some photos documenting the unrest.