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Turkey police nab four anti-government protesters in Ankara

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Press TV

Turkish police have arrested four protesters as anti-government rallies continue in the capital, Ankara.

On Friday, police also used tear gas and water cannons to disperse hundreds of protesters in the Dikmen residential district of the capital.

“Several hundred people had gathered and booed the government and they did not want to leave until late in the night,” said a protester.

Local media said the protesters set up barricades to block the traffic in the area.

On Thursday, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said authorities were questioning people who allegedly insulted government officials or provoked violence on social media.

On the same day, Turkey’s Aksam newspaper reported that the police had provided to Istanbul prosecutors a list of 35 names of people who had allegedly insulted the country’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan or other officials on Twitter or Facebook.

On Wednesday, Turkish riot police nabbed 16 anti-government protesters, who had congregated in the Dikmen district.

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