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Turkey: Barricades disappear overnight in Taksim Square00:44

Turkey: Barricades disappear overnight in Taksim Square

Turkey, Istanbul
June 12, 2013 at 00:12 GMT +00:00 · Published

Turkey: Barricades disappear overnight in Taksim Square

Istanbul city workers removed the remnants of protesters barricades in Taksim Square on Tuesday night. Earlier Tuesday, police had smashed many of the barricades, but left the destroyed remnants in situ. City workers were called in during the night cart away the mess before the start of the next day, when more protests are expected.

Protesters and police battled in Istanbul's Taksim Square during the day on Tuesday, exchanging water cannon, rubber bullets, and teargas for stones, fireworks, and Molotov cocktails. Plumes of teargas covered the square during the day while burning piles of rubbish illuminated the square at night.

Hundreds of Turkish police attempted to disperse the protesters, placing barricades police cars to hem the demonstrators into narrow side streets. Police have also began dismantling the make-shift camp site of the protesters.

The governor of Istanbul Huseyin Avni Mutlu defended the actions of police and claimed that police efforts to clear the square would continue.

At least three people, including one policeman, are confirmed dead, while hundreds more have been injured since protests began. The Turkish government says that up to 600 police have been injured in clashes. Demonstrators occupied Gezi Park on May 31 in response to government efforts to demolish the park to make way for commercial development. Since then, protests have spread to other major cities across Turkey, including the capital Ankara.

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Turkey: Barricades disappear overnight in Taksim Square

Istanbul city workers removed the remnants of protesters barricades in Taksim Square on Tuesday night. Earlier Tuesday, police had smashed many of the barricades, but left the destroyed remnants in situ. City workers were called in during the night cart away the mess before the start of the next day, when more protests are expected.

Protesters and police battled in Istanbul's Taksim Square during the day on Tuesday, exchanging water cannon, rubber bullets, and teargas for stones, fireworks, and Molotov cocktails. Plumes of teargas covered the square during the day while burning piles of rubbish illuminated the square at night.

Hundreds of Turkish police attempted to disperse the protesters, placing barricades police cars to hem the demonstrators into narrow side streets. Police have also began dismantling the make-shift camp site of the protesters.

The governor of Istanbul Huseyin Avni Mutlu defended the actions of police and claimed that police efforts to clear the square would continue.

At least three people, including one policeman, are confirmed dead, while hundreds more have been injured since protests began. The Turkish government says that up to 600 police have been injured in clashes. Demonstrators occupied Gezi Park on May 31 in response to government efforts to demolish the park to make way for commercial development. Since then, protests have spread to other major cities across Turkey, including the capital Ankara.