Protest largely subsides at Istanbul square after fierce anti-government outburst

Protests in Istanbul and several other Turkish cities appear to have subsided, after days of fierce clashes following a police crackdown on a peaceful gathering.

The private Dogan news agency says on Sunday a few hundred protesters remain at Istanbul's main square, which was the scene of the largest and fiercest anti-government outburst in Turkey in years. The group lit a bonfire and chanted anti-government slogans in an all-night vigil, but shrank as rain set in.

The demonstrations grew out of anger over a violent police crackdown of a peaceful environmental protest at Istanbul's Taksim Square and spread to other Turkish cities. The government said some 1,000 people were detained during the protests. Hundreds were injured in the clashes.