Saturday, June 1, 2013

Turkey: Protesters And Police Clash Over Park

Riot police in Istanbul have fought running battles with thousands of people who turned out to protect a park in the city's central Taksim Square.

Water cannon and tear gas were used as protesters tried to reach the square and the parliament building in the capital, Ankara.

It all started with a peaceful protest over plans to redevelop the Gezi Parka but it has become bigger than just an environmental protest. It is now a demonstration against the Islamist-rooted government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.