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Clashes intensify in Istanbul's Gazi district

Friday, June 07, 2013 - 00:44

June 7 - Protesters in Istanbul throw petrol bombs at police trying to disperse them. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Protesters in Istanbul's Gazi district used petrol bombs to throw at anti-riot police as clashes intensified late on Friday . Early on Friday, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan demanded an immediate end to a week of anti-government unrest, saying the protests which erupted over the redevelopment of an Istanbul park had been founded on a "campaign of lies". Defending the wide use of tear gas in a police crackdown, Erdogan said similar action had been taken during protests in European countries such as Greece, as well as in the United States. Erdogan flew back to a country rocked by its worst unrest for decades in the early hours and declared before a sea of flag-waving supporters at Istanbul airport: "These protests must end immediately." But the protests showed no signs of ending as more people gathered in Taksim Square and in some areas, protesters clashed with riot police. Protesters in Gazi, also known as Sultangazi, a largely working class residential district on the northern edge of central Istanbul, set off firecrackers and hurled stones as riot police retaliated with smoke grenades.

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Clashes intensify in Istanbul's Gazi district

Friday, June 07, 2013 - 00:44