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Turkey: Taksim Square prepares for new day of protests

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June 3, 2013 at 08:39 GMT +00:00 · Published

Turkey: Taksim Square prepares for new day of protests

Police and protesters in Istanbul prepared for another another day of anti-government demonstrations on Monday. More violence is expected following a night of clashes between groups opposed to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in cities across the country.

Since the government withdrew its police forces on Saturday protesters have been building barricades on Taksim Square in the centre of Istanbul. On Sunday police extensively used tear gas and water cannons throughout the city. In Istanbul clashes mainly took place in the city centre and Besiktas, a neighbourhood located on the European side of Turkey's largest city.

Turkish stock markets fell after opening on Monday. At a press conference held at Istanbul airport Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told press that Turks should "be calm" and that the protests would "overcome" before taking a plane for an official visit to Morocco.

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Turkey: Taksim Square prepares for new day of protests

Police and protesters in Istanbul prepared for another another day of anti-government demonstrations on Monday. More violence is expected following a night of clashes between groups opposed to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in cities across the country.

Since the government withdrew its police forces on Saturday protesters have been building barricades on Taksim Square in the centre of Istanbul. On Sunday police extensively used tear gas and water cannons throughout the city. In Istanbul clashes mainly took place in the city centre and Besiktas, a neighbourhood located on the European side of Turkey's largest city.

Turkish stock markets fell after opening on Monday. At a press conference held at Istanbul airport Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told press that Turks should "be calm" and that the protests would "overcome" before taking a plane for an official visit to Morocco.

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