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In Pictures: The battle for Taksim Square
Demonstrations escalate as protesters respond to police tear gas with petrol bombs and Molotov cocktails.
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2013 16:57
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Istanbul, Turkey - Turkish police raided Taksim Square early this morning and reportedly evicted all protesters demonstrating in the area. 

In less than half an hour, police tore down barricades and occupied the centre of the square. Clashes broke as police shot tear gas, rubber bullets, while protesters responded with stones, petrol bombs and Molotov cocktails.

Several protesters were understood to be injured from tear gas inhalation, as police shot gas cannisters towards the central camp in Gezi park.

As of early afternoon, clashes were still taking place and the police had moved on to patrolling Gezi park.


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Plain clothes policemen help a tourist to get away from tear gas as Turkish police raid Taksim Square this morning. Since the protests began, a once healthy tourism industry is now at a standstill.



Oren Ziv/Al Jazeera

Anti-government protesters run as police raid Taksim Square. Control of the square has swapped back and forth between the demonstrators and police. After the police retook the square, members of the Taksim Solidarity Platform called on protesters to gather there again this evening.



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Anti-government protesters hold hands as police target them with a water cannon. The governor of Istanbul tweeted that police in Taksim Square were only there to remove banners and placards.



Oren Ziv/Al Jazeera

According to Al Jazeera's Emre Rende, police were saying: "Stop throwing stones, stop throwing bottles and we will stop the teargas."



Oren Ziv/Al Jazeera

A protester gets knocked down by a water cannon as police advance to Gezi park. Tents were not taken down, but police did patrol the park. Turkish officials said the camp itself would not be evicted.



Oren Ziv/Al Jazeera

Protesters throw stones at police as authorities attempt to enter Gezi park. The protests have pitted Western-oriented youth with socially conservative officials. 



Oren Ziv/Al Jazeera

A protester uses a slingshot to hurl stones at police. They were also seen using petrol bombs and Molotov cocktails. 



Oren Ziv/Al Jazeera

Protesters throw stones at police vehicles as debris litters the ground. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on the protesters to end the demonstrations, warning "or else I will have to speak the language you understand. Patience has an end to it".



Oren Ziv/Al Jazeera

A protester on fire after he threw a Molotov cocktail at a police vehicle. Three people have died since the beginning of the crackdown on the protests.



Oren Ziv/Al Jazeera

Protesters take cover from tear gas canisters. Policy initiatives, such as crackdowns on the internet, and prohibition of alcohol sales during certain hours have angered many people. But it was the proposed urban development project in Gezi park that initially sparked the unrest.  



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A police water cannon truck burns after it being hit by a Molotov cocktail. The demonstrations have becoming increasingly violent. 


Oren Ziv/Al Jazeera

Municipality workers clean the area around the monument in Taksim Square. The city has endured much damage, with shops, restaurants and offices around the area remaining closed.




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Plain clothes policemen help a tourist to get away from tear gas as Turkish police raid Taksim Square this morning. Since the protests began, a once healthy tourism industry is now at a standstill.

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Anti-government protesters run as police raid Taksim Square. Control of the square has swapped back and forth between the demonstrators and police. After the police retook the square, members of the Taksim Solidarity Platform called on protesters to gather there again this evening.

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Anti-government protesters hold hands as police target them with a water cannon. The governor of Istanbul tweeted that police in Taksim Square were only there to remove banners and placards.

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According to Al Jazeera(***)s Emre Rende, police were saying: "Stop throwing stones, stop throwing bottles and we will stop the teargas."

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A protester gets knocked down by a water cannon as police advance to Gezi park. Tents were not taken down, but police did patrol the park. Turkish officials said the camp itself would not be evicted.

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Protesters throw stones at police as authorities attempt to enter Gezi park. The protests have pitted Western-oriented youth with socially conservative officials. 

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A protester uses a slingshot to hurl stones at police. They were also seen using petrol bombs and Molotov cocktails. 

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Protesters throw stones at police vehicles as debris litters the ground. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on the protesters to end the demonstrations, warning "or else I will have to speak the language you understand. Patience has an end to it".

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A protester on fire after he threw a Molotov cocktail at a police vehicle. Three people have died since the beginning of the crackdown on the protests.

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Protesters take cover from tear gas canisters. Policy initiatives, such as crackdowns on the internet, and prohibition of alcohol sales during certain hours have angered many people. But it was the proposed urban development project in Gezi park that initially sparked the unrest.  

;*;A police water cannon truck burns after it being hit by a Molotov cocktail. The demonstrations have becoming increasingly violent. ;*;

Municipality workers clean the area around the monument in Taksim Square. The city has endured much damage, with shops, restaurants and offices around the area remaining closed.

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Plain clothes policemen help a tourist to get away from tear gas as Turkish police raid Takism square this morning. Since the protests began, a once healthy tourism industry is now at a standstill.

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Plain clothes policemen help a tourist to get away from tear gas as Turkish police raid Takism square this morning. Since the protests began, a once healthy tourism industry is now at a standstill.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1370959191812?image_id=039i0WEgE95z0

Anti-government protesters run as police raid Taksim square. Control of the square has swapped back and forth between the demonstrators and police. After the police retook the sqaure, members of the Taksim Solidarity Platform called on protesters to gather in the square once again this evening.

Tue, 11 Jun 2013 13:54:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1370959191812?image_id=039i0WEgE95z0Oren ZivAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Anti-government protesters run as police raid Taksim square. Control of the square has swapped back and forth between the demonstrators and police. After the police retook the sqaure, members of the Taksim Solidarity Platform called on protesters to gather in the square once again this evening.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1370959191812?image_id=081QgUb2XC5uo

Anti-government protesters hold hands as police spray them with water cannon.  The governor of Istanbul tweeted that police in Taksim square were only there to remove banners and placards.

Tue, 11 Jun 2013 13:55:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1370959191812?image_id=081QgUb2XC5uoOren ZivAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Anti-government protesters hold hands as police spray them with water cannon.  The governor of Istanbul tweeted that police in Taksim square were only there to remove banners and placards.

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According to Al Jazeera's Emre Rende, police were saying "stop throwing stones, stop throwing bottles and we will stop the teargas."

Tue, 11 Jun 2013 13:55:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1370959191812?image_id=08PG51x1484KAOren ZivAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

According to Al Jazeera's Emre Rende, police were saying "stop throwing stones, stop throwing bottles and we will stop the teargas."

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1370959191812?image_id=0eIkaHy2n5ciZ

A protester gets knocked down by a water cannon as police advance to Gazi park. The tents were not evicted, but police did patrol the park. Turkish officials said in the the camp itself will not be evicted.

Tue, 11 Jun 2013 13:55:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1370959191812?image_id=0eIkaHy2n5ciZOren ZivAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

A protester gets knocked down by a water cannon as police advance to Gazi park. The tents were not evicted, but police did patrol the park. Turkish officials said in the the camp itself will not be evicted.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1370959191812?image_id=0eTa7iH2a50v4

Protesters throw stones at police as authorities attempt to enter Gezi park. The protests have pitted Western-oriented youth with social conservatives. 

Tue, 11 Jun 2013 13:55:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1370959191812?image_id=0eTa7iH2a50v4Oren ZivAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Protesters throw stones at police as authorities attempt to enter Gezi park. The protests have pitted Western-oriented youth with social conservatives. 

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1370959191812?image_id=0dsA78qc52fK9

A protester uses a sling shot to throw stones at police.Weapons employed the protesters are slingshots, petrol bombs, and molotov cocktails. 

Tue, 11 Jun 2013 13:55:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1370959191812?image_id=0dsA78qc52fK9Oren ZivAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

A protester uses a sling shot to throw stones at police.Weapons employed the protesters are slingshots, petrol bombs, and molotov cocktails. 

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1370959191812?image_id=023q60HgoK0Tc

Protesters throw stones at police vehicles as debris litters the ground. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on the protesters to end the demonstrations and warned "or else I will have to speak the language you understand. Patience has an end to it."

Tue, 11 Jun 2013 13:55:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1370959191812?image_id=023q60HgoK0TcOren ZivAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Protesters throw stones at police vehicles as debris litters the ground. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on the protesters to end the demonstrations and warned "or else I will have to speak the language you understand. Patience has an end to it."

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1370959191812?image_id=0bNIgDU8GV6UR

A protester on fire after he threw a Molotov cocktail at a police trunk. Three anti-government demonstrators and policeman have died since the beginning of the movement.

Tue, 11 Jun 2013 13:55:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1370959191812?image_id=0bNIgDU8GV6UROren ZivAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

A protester on fire after he threw a Molotov cocktail at a police trunk. Three anti-government demonstrators and policeman have died since the beginning of the movement.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1370959191812?image_id=0fFR5aTb5dah4

Protesters take cover from tear gas canisters. Policy initiatives, such as crackdowns on the internet, and prohibition of alcohol sales during certain hours have angered many people. But it was the proposed urban development project in Gezi park that broke the camel's back.  

Tue, 11 Jun 2013 13:55:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1370959191812?image_id=0fFR5aTb5dah4Oren ZivAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Protesters take cover from tear gas canisters. Policy initiatives, such as crackdowns on the internet, and prohibition of alcohol sales during certain hours have angered many people. But it was the proposed urban development project in Gezi park that broke the camel's back.  

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1370959191812?image_id=02oZ8Uk2xYgXB

A police water cannon truck burns after it being hit by a Molotov cocktail. The demonstrations have becoming increasingly violent. 

Tue, 11 Jun 2013 13:55:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1370959191812?image_id=02oZ8Uk2xYgXBOren ZivAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

A police water cannon truck burns after it being hit by a Molotov cocktail. The demonstrations have becoming increasingly violent. 

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1370959191812?image_id=00I5eiA9ffe0n

Municipality workers clean the area around the monument in Takism square. The city has endured much damage. Shops, restaurants, and offices around the area have remained closed.

Tue, 11 Jun 2013 13:54:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1370959191812?image_id=00I5eiA9ffe0nOren ZivAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Municipality workers clean the area around the monument in Takism square. The city has endured much damage. Shops, restaurants, and offices around the area have remained closed.



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