Police, Anti-Gov't Protesters Clash in Turkey
PM pulls back police after two-day battle in Istanbul
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 1, 2013 2:40 PM CDT
Protesters gather in support of demonstrators staging a sit-in to prevent the uprooting of trees at an Istanbul park, run as they clash with riot police in Ankara, Turkey, early Saturday, June 1, 2013....   (Burhan Ozbilici)

(Newser) – Turkish police retreated from a main Istanbul square today, removing barricades and allowing in thousands of demonstrators to calm tensions after a crackdown on furious anti-government protests turned the city center into a battlefield. A human rights group said hundreds of people were injured in scuffles with police that lasted through the night. As police retreated, some protesters hurled objects at officers and police vehicles, prompting police to fire several rounds of tear gas, the private Dogan news agency reported. The state-run Anadolu Agency said protesters threw fireworks at police.

The two days of national protest, which began over a violent police raid of an anti-development sit-in in Taksim square, have revealed the depths of anger against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Many Turks view him as increasingly authoritarian and dismissive of opposing views. The protest was also seen as a demonstration of the anger building toward Turkish police, who have been accused of using inordinate force to quash demonstrations and of using tear gas excessively. But even as he appeared to relent to demonstrators by pulling back police, Erdogan remained defiant, insisting that the demonstrations were illegitimate. He challenged protesters that he could easily summon a million people for a pro-government rally.

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Bartmaeus
Jun 3, 2013 5:50 AM CDT
Sanctions, followed by undercover agitation, snipers, ferrying in of Islamic fighters from Libya, Yemen and elsewhere, as in Syria by te US and its shallow allies? No. Trampler of human rights Turkey, the genocidal thug, is on the right side of the gang. If it wasn't for its contribution to the slaughter of innocent civilians and the destruction of civic life in Syria, it would not have this trouble, which is the extension of demonstrations against its treacherous backstabbing of its former ally Syria.
KimKendall
Jun 2, 2013 12:23 PM CDT
over time erdogan has demonstrated he is an israeli puppet instead of a muslim leader
dawnarun
Jun 2, 2013 11:20 AM CDT
The worldnews subreddit on reddit has some breathtaking (both good and bad) photos from Istanbul right now. I'm hoping this all resolves for the good of the people.