Turkish Police Storm Taksim Square

    A petrol bomb explodes in front of riot policemen during clashes in Taksim square in Istanbul, Tuesday, June 11,2013. Hundreds of police in riot gear forced through barricades in Istanbul's central Taksim Square early Tuesday, pushing many of the protesters who had occupied the square for more than a week into a nearby park. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis)

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    Thousands of Turkish protestors were dispersed after police stormed Istanbul’s Taksim Square, the heart of the two-week-long protests against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government. The governor of Istanbul wrote on Twitter that the police had arrived only to remove banners, but witnesses reported that police pushed past the protesters’ barricades and fired water cannons and tear gas to break up the crowds. The demonstrators responded by throwing Molotov cocktails, rocks, and fireworks. Meanwhile, Erdogan told his party’s M.P.s that the protests have hurt the country’s image and economy. Protests in Taksim Square started on May 31 as a demonstration against plans to raze Istanbul’s Gezi Park but soon spread across the country as a more widespread call to action against Erdogan’s government.

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