Saturday, June 1, 2013

Turkey Protests Rage On: Nearly 1,000 Arrested

Police have withdrawn from a main Istanbul square to allow in tens of thousands of anti-government protesters, as clashes spread to the capital Ankara and elsewhere.

Officers removed barricades - some of which had been set alight - in a bid to calm tensions after clashes with demonstrators who hurled objects including fireworks at them.

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