June 15th, 2013
05:53 PM ET

Turkish forces clear Istanbul park

Turkish riot police used water cannons and tear gas Saturday to clear protesters camped out in an Istanbul park that has become ground zero in anti-government demonstrations targeting the policies of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan.
At least 29 people were injured in clashes as police took Taksim Square and adjacent Gezi Park, Istanbul Gov. Huseyin Avni Mutlu said in remarks carried on Turkish television stations.
Police pushed protesters onto side streets, where many - with their faces covered with masks because of tear gas and smoke - refused to leave and appeared to be reorganizing.
The move came shortly after police warned demonstrators who have occupied Istanbul's last remaining green space for more than two weeks to depart voluntarily or face being ejected.

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  1. BOMBO


    June 15, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. rupert

    U.S. Navel Officer 1994-2000.
    Then I woke up.
    With banasy.

    June 15, 2013 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Lol @ banasy,hes talking about his best day. You know, the one that hasnt happened yet!

    June 15, 2013 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Morning folks.
    Establishment vs protesters. The game is played everywhere with the same rule. End protests.
    Erdogan seems hardly at risk as of now.

    June 16, 2013 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  5. Burak Merdoglu

    False news.
    This shows the government. Not against the government...

    June 17, 2013 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
  6. Burak Yavuz

    This New is FALSE!..

    June 17, 2013 at 3:03 am | Report abuse |