ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Turkish police used water cannon, tear gas on Saturday to disperse protesters who gathered at Istiklal street to denounce the latest police detentions of park protesters and members of Taksim Solidarity group, an umbrella organization combining political and non-governmental groups, that opposed the construction of a replica Ottoman era barracks in the park. But after a police crackdown on a small demonstration on May 31, the protest grew into a broader action against what critics saw as Erdogan's increasingly authoritarian style of government. The protests rapidly mutated into nationwide demonstrations against Erdogan, accused by critics after a decade in power of increasingly authoritarian rule. The unrest died down in late June but low-scale demonstrations have been taking place on weekends. Four people were killed and 7,500 wounded in last month's police crackdown, according to the Turkish Medical Association. Last week it emerged that a Turkish court had canceled the Taksim Square redevelopment project, including the construction of the replica barracks, although the state authorities can appeal against the ruling.
July 13 - Skirmishes break out in Istanbul's streets as police fire tear gas and water cannon on thousands of protesting youth. Rough Cut (no reporter narration). ( Transcript )
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