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Turkey demonstrations continue for third day, killed among protesters

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Turkey Demonstrations Continue for Third Day, Killed among Protesters

Al Manar

Despite high security measures, protests across turkey continued for third consecutive day on Sunday.

Police used cannon water and tear gas to disperse protesters who have been demanding that the government halt its plans to build a shopping center on a city park in Istanbul.

Officials said 53 civilians and 26 police officers were hurt during the violence, while Amnesty International put the number of wounded in the hundreds and said there had been two deaths.

Amnesty said some protesters had been left blinded by the massive quantities of tear gas and pepper spray used by police while at least two people were hit in the head with gas canisters.

Interior Minister Muammer Guler said police had detained 939 people as of Saturday evening, but many have been released.

On Saturday night, about 5,000 protesters surrounded Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s office in Istanbul’s Besiktas municipality, located on the European shore of the strait of Bosphorus, and threw stones, injuring at least seven policemen, Xinhua reported.

Earlier in the day, 100,000 demonstrators gathered in Taksim Square, demanding that Erdogan step down and calling the government “fascist.”

Thousands of people also took to the streets of other Turkish cities, such as Ankara, Izmir, Mugla, and Antalya, in support of the protesters in Istanbul.

For his part, Erdogan said police had made “mistakes” in the force they have used, but has called for an end to the Istanbul protests.

He said Taksim Square “cannot be an area where extremists are running wild”.
The protesters say Gezi Park in Istanbul is one of the few green spaces left in Istanbul, and that the government is ignoring their appeals for it be saved.

Their protest began with a small number of people staging a sit-in in the park at the start of the week. Then, following clashes with police the demonstration spiraled into widespread anti-government unrest.

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OWS activists in US rally in solidarity with Turkish protesters

Press TV

Hundreds of people, including activists from the Occupy Wall Street movement, have staged a demonstration in New York City to voice their support for anti-government rallies in the Turkish city of Istanbul.

The protesters gathered in Zuccotti Park – the birthplace of the Occupy Wall Street movement in Lower Manhattan – on Saturday, and marched nearly 5 kilometers (3 miles) to the Turkish consulate.

Some of the demonstrators carried signs reading “Istanbul is not alone,” while others waved the Turkish national flag.

The Occupy Wall Street movement announced in a statement that the event was held with the goal to direct public attention to Istanbul’s Gezi Park protests, and the subsequent violent crackdown on the protests by Turkey’s ruling AK Party, led by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Similar demonstrations are scheduled to be held in several major US cities, including Austin, Boston and Chicago.

Rallies showing solidarity with Turkish protesters have taken a worldwide scope, and scores of people in Belgium, Britain, Cyprus and Norway have protested against Turkish police brutality and heavy-handed measures against the demonstrators in Istanbul.

Egyptian protesters also plan to stage a rally outside the Turkish embassy in Cairo on Sunday evening in support of the protesters in Istanbul.

On Saturday night, about 5,000 protesters surrounded Erdogan’s office in Istanbul’s Besiktas municipality, located on the European shore of the strait of Bosphorus, and threw stones at the office, injuring at least seven policemen.

Special police forces used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the demonstrators.

Earlier in the day, 100,000 demonstrators gathered in Taksim Square, demanding that Erdogan step down and calling the government “fascist.”…

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