In Pictures: The battle for Taksim Square

Demonstrations escalate as protesters respond to police tear gas with petrol bombs and Molotov cocktails.


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.