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Riot police disperse Turkey protesters

Riot police fired water cannons and tear gas as they drove protesters out of Istanbul's Taksim Square and neighboring Gezi Park on Saturday, an intervention that came shortly after the prime minister warned that security forces "know how to clear" the area, which had become a symbol of the biggest anti-government protests in decades.

 

Within a half-hour, the sweep by white-helmeted riot police had emptied the park, leaving a series of colorful, abandoned tents behind. Protesters put up little physical resistance, even as plain-clothes police shoved many of them to drive them from the park.

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June 15, 2013: Protesters argue with police as they throw tear gas during an operation to evacuate an Istanbul park.
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June 15, 2013: Police throw tear gas during clashes as they try to evacuate protesters from an Istanbul park.
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June 15, 2013: Demonstrators marching across the Bosporus Bridge in support of the protesters in Istanbul.
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June 15, 2013: Protesters try to resist the advance of riot police in Gezi park in Istanbul, Turkey. Protesters will press on with their sit-in at an Istanbul park, an activist said Saturday, defying government appeals and a warning from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the two-week standoff that has fanned nationwide demonstrations to end.
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June 15, 2013: Protesters try to resist the advance of riot police in Gezi park in Istanbul, Turkey. Riot police stormed the park after protesters ignored government appeals and a warning from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the two-week standoff that has fanned nationwide demonstrations to end.
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June 15, 2013: Protesters try to resist the advance of riot police in Gezi Park in Istanbul, Turkey.
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June 15, 2013: Protesters try to resist the advance of riot police in Gezi park in Istanbul, Turkey.
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June 15, 2013: Turkish riot police fire tear gas after chasing protestors out of Gezi Park in Istanbul, Turkey.
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June 15, 2013: Police throw tear gas as protestors stand among tents during an operation to evacuate the Gezi Park of Taksim Square in Istanbul.
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June 15, 2013: Protesters bring stones to make a barricade after a police operation that evacuated the Gezi Park in Istanbul.
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June 15, 2013: Police throw tear gas during clashes as they try to evacuate protestors from the Gezi Park in Istanbul.
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June 15, 2013: Police enter to evacuate the Gezi Park in Istanbul.
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June 15, 2013: A police vehicle operates during the evacuation from protesters of the Gezi Park in Istanbul.
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Ismail Saymaz

Riot police disperse Turkey protesters

Riot police fired water cannons and tear gas as they drove protesters out of Istanbul's Taksim Square and neighboring Gezi Park on Saturday, an intervention that came shortly after the prime minister warned that security forces "know how to clear" the area, which had become a symbol of the biggest anti-government protests in decades.

 

Within a half-hour, the sweep by white-helmeted riot police had emptied the park, leaving a series of colorful, abandoned tents behind. Protesters put up little physical resistance, even as plain-clothes police shoved many of them to drive them from the park.

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