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Turkish police fire water cannon, teargas at Istanbul protesters

Saturday, August 03, 2013 - 00:48

Aug 3 - Clashes break out between riot police and anti-government protesters in Istanbul. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Demonstrators return to the streets of Istanbul after calls for anti-government protests were made on social media. The police step in to put a stop to the activities. Protests have continued sporadically in recent weeks after a nationwide wave of demonstrations in June against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. His critics accuse him of becoming increasingly authoritarian. Those demonstrations began with a small protest against a planned redevelopment a city park. But as unrest grew -- five people died and thousands were injured in the biggest challenge to Erdogan's decade-old rule.

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Turkish police fire water cannon, teargas at Istanbul protesters

Saturday, August 03, 2013 - 00:48