Turkish Riot Police Enter Taksim Square: Riot Police Clash With Protesters In Attempt To Break Up Protests [PHOTOS]

on June 11 2013 12:23 PM
  • Protesters Run From Water Cannon
    Protesters run away from a police water cannon during clashes in Istanbul's Taksim Square Reuters
  • Protester Hit By Water Cannon
    A protester falls after being hit by a water cannon fired by riot police, as others take cover behind a makeshift shelter, during clashes at Taksim Square in Istanbul Reuters
  • Fireworks Explode Around Crowd Control Vehicle
    Home made fireworks explode around a police water cannon vehicle during clashes in Istanbul's Taksim Square Reuters
  • Protesters Flee From Tear Gas
    Protesters run away from teargas during clashes in Istanbul's Taksim Square Reuters
  • Protester Throws Tear Gas Canister Back
    A protester throws a teargas canister back at police during clashes in Istanbul's Taksim Square Reuters
  • Protesters Stop Water Cannon Vehicle
    Protesters try to stop a police water cannon vehicle during clashes in Istanbul's Taksim Square Reuters
  • Protesters Reinforce Barricades
    Protesters push a truck to use it to reinforce a barricade during clashes in Istanbul's Taksim Square Reuters
  • Protesters Take Cover
    Protesters take cover behind a barricade as a police water cannon sprays high pressure water during clashes in Istanbul's Gezi Park Reuters
  • Riot Police March Through Taksim Square
    Riot police march through Istanbul's Taksim square Reuters
  • Riot Police Push Photographer
    A Turkish riot policeman pushes a photographer during a protest at Taksim Square in Istanbul Reuters
  • Protester Throws Bottle At Police
    A protester throws a bottle at riot police during a protest at Taksim Square in Istanbul Reuters
  • Protesters Taunt Riot Police
    Protesters taunt the riot police during a protest at Taksim Square in Istanbul Reuters
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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.

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