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Turkish police clash with protesters

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 23 June 2013
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June 23, 2013

Supporters of Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan attend a pro-government rally on June 23. Supporters of Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan attend a pro-government rally on June 23.

Riot police have again clashed with protesters in Turkey.

Thousands of protesters turned out in Istanbul and Ankara on June 22 in a fresh wave of demonstrations against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan after nearly a week of relative calm.

Riot police used water cannon to disperse protesters in both cities.

Earlier, Erdogan told thousands of supporters in the Black Sea city of Samsun that the unrest played into the hands of Turkey's enemies.

A crowd of some 15,000 from his AK Party faithful cheered and waved Turkish flags as he called on the public to give their answer to demonstrations at the ballot box when Turkey holds municipal elections next March.

Protests erupted in Turkey at the start of June after a police crackdown on demonstrators opposed to plans to develop a park in Istanbul.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP

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