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Police use water canons to disperse small protest in Ankara

Friday, June 21, 2013 - 00:42

June 21 - A small protest in Turkey's capital is broken up by police water canons and smoke bombs. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: About one hundred people demonstrated in Ankara on Friday night against the detention of anti-government activists who supported the mass two-week long 'Gezi park' protests. They used water canons to disperse the crowd which was blocking a main road. The severity of the police crackdown, particularly in the initial days, has drawn international condemnation, notably from key trade partner Germany, casting a shadow over Turkey's long-stalled talks on joining the European Union. The protests have underlined divisions in Turkish society between religious conservatives who form the bedrock of Erdogan's support, and more liberal Turks who have swelled the numbers of peaceful demonstrators.

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Police use water canons to disperse small protest in Ankara

Friday, June 21, 2013 - 00:42