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Makeshift barricades and fireworks were not enough to stop police from arresting dozens, including medics and minors.
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Istanbul, Turkey -  During the day-time, protests in Turkey's largest city have been comparatively  peaceful in the last week but after sundown, confrontations between police and protesters have been more heated. The epicenter of these clashes has been at Taksim Square and Beshiktash Stadium, in the heart of Istanbul.

As night settled on Tuesday, thousands gathered in front of the stadium. Police used water cannons and tear gas, forcing people to flee towards Taksim. Afterwards, they stormed a nearby area and arrested more than 30 people. Protesters claim that plainclothes police detained and physically assaulted people. The protesters include leftist coalitions, football clubs, dissatisfied youth, and secularists.

Some demonstrators have ripped up streets, street signs, and even bus shelters to create makeshift barricades.


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A young man stands on top of a burnt car in Taksim Square. The square, located across from Gezi Park, has been referred to Turkey's Tahrir Square by some commentators. The government says such a reference is absurd as Turkey is a democracy and Egypt was a dictatorship during the Tahrir protests. 



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Thousands gather in front of Beshiktash Stadium to confront the police. The protesters include leftist coalitions, football clubs, dissatisfied youth, and secularists.



Oren Ziv/Al Jazeera

Fans of Beshiktash soccer club light torches in Taksim Square as they join the anti-government protests. Turkey's football fans are known for their fierce rivalry and aggressive intimidation. In a rare form of unity, the country's football clubs are teaming up against the police.



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Protesters flee as police use water cannons to disperse the demonstrations. The violent crackdowns have been condemned by both the demonstrators and government. "At the beginning of the protests, the excessive violence used against people concerned about the environment was wrong. It was unfair and I apologise to those citizens," said Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc. 



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Police fire tear gas at protesters near Taksim Square. Helicopters have shot canisters into residential neighbourhoods to smoke people out of buildings. 



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Activists use pavement stones to build barricades between Beshiktash and Taksim.



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Activists tear up pavement from the street to build barricades. These temporary blockades do a good deal of damage to city property and as a result, traffic has greatly increased and infrastructure projects have temporarily ceased. 


Oren Ziv/Al Jazeera

The Turkish Doctors Association said that more than 1,000 people have been injured since the demonstrations began. Prime Minister Ergodan has remained confrontational towards the demonstrators, calling them "extremists" and "vandals".



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Activists take a rest to recover from tear gas exposure in a local college near the site of the clashes. Shop owners sympathetic to the protests have made public their WiFi passwords to give internet access to the demonstrators. 



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The protesters have accused the police of indiscriminate arrests and detaining innocent bystanders. Above, the police arrest a medic.



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Demonstrators have thrown stones, bricks, fireworks, and flares at the police, although no live ammunition has yet been used by either side.




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A young man stands on top of a burnt car in Taksim Square. The square, located across from Gezi Park, has been referred to Turkey(***)s Tahrir Square by some commentators. The government says such a reference is absurd as Turkey is a democracy and Egypt was a dictatorship during the Tahrir protests. 

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Thousands gather in front of Beshiktash Stadium to confront the police. The protesters include leftist coalitions, football clubs, dissatisfied youth, and secularists.

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Fans of Beshiktash soccer club light torches in Taksim Square as they join the anti-government protests. Turkey(***)s football fans are known for their fierce rivalry and aggressive intimidation. In a rare form of unity, the country(***)s football clubs are teaming up against the police.

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Protesters flee as police use water cannons to disperse the demonstrations. The violent crackdowns have been condemned by both the demonstrators and government. "At the beginning of the protests, the excessive violence used against people concerned about the environment was wrong. It was unfair and I apologise to those citizens," said Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc. 

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Police fire tear gas at protesters near Taksim Square. Helicopters have shot canisters into residential neighbourhoods to smoke people out of buildings. 

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Activists use pavement stones to build barricades between Beshiktash and Taksim.

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The Turkish Doctors Association said that more than 1,000 people have been injured since the demonstrations began. Prime Minister Ergodan has remained confrontational towards the demonstrators, calling them "extremists" and "vandals".

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Activists take a rest to recover from tear gas exposure in a local college near the site of the clashes. Shop owners sympathetic to the protests have made public their WiFi passwords to give internet access to the demonstrators. 

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The protesters have accused the police of indiscriminate arrests and detaining innocent bystanders. Above, the police arrest a medic.

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Demonstrators have thrown stones, bricks, fireworks, and flares at the police, although no live ammunition has yet been used by either side.

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A kid stands on top of a burnt car in Taksim square. Taksim square, located right across from Gezi park, has been referred to Turkey's Tahrir square.

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A kid stands on top of a burnt car in Taksim square. Taksim square, located right across from Gezi park, has been referred to Turkey's Tahrir square.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1370430857740?image_id=00jG1z04N51k7

Thousands gather in front of Beshiktash stadium to confront the police. The makeup of the protesters include leftist coalitions, football clubs, and dissatisfied youth, and secularists.

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 11:08:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1370430857740?image_id=00jG1z04N51k7Oren ZivAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Thousands gather in front of Beshiktash stadium to confront the police. The makeup of the protesters include leftist coalitions, football clubs, and dissatisfied youth, and secularists.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1370430857740?image_id=04z9bGyd3Zg0T

Fans of Bashiktash soccer club light torches in Taksim square, as they join the anti-government protests. Turkey's football fans are known for their fierce rivalry and aggressive intimidation. In a rare form of unity, the country's football clubs are teaming up against the police.

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 11:08:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1370430857740?image_id=04z9bGyd3Zg0TOren ZivAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Fans of Bashiktash soccer club light torches in Taksim square, as they join the anti-government protests. Turkey's football fans are known for their fierce rivalry and aggressive intimidation. In a rare form of unity, the country's football clubs are teaming up against the police.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1370430857740?image_id=07Q16WQ7e39ng

Protesters flee as police use water canons to disperse the demonstrations. The violent crackdowns have been condemned by both the demonstrators and government. "At the beginning of the protests, the excessive violence used against people concerned about the environment was wrong. It was unfair and I apologise to those citizens," said Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arnic. 

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 11:08:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1370430857740?image_id=07Q16WQ7e39ngOren ZivAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Protesters flee as police use water canons to disperse the demonstrations. The violent crackdowns have been condemned by both the demonstrators and government. "At the beginning of the protests, the excessive violence used against people concerned about the environment was wrong. It was unfair and I apologise to those citizens," said Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arnic. 

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1370430857740?image_id=06cu0uT8tt7fe

Police fire tear gas at protesters near Taksim Square. Helicopters have shot canisters into residential neighbourhoods and police use tear gas to smoke people out of buildings. 

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 11:08:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1370430857740?image_id=06cu0uT8tt7feOren ZivAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Police fire tear gas at protesters near Taksim Square. Helicopters have shot canisters into residential neighbourhoods and police use tear gas to smoke people out of buildings. 

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1370430857740?image_id=0aM11Idei59gA

Activists use pavement stones to build barricades between Bashiktash and Taksim. Demonstrators have ripped up streets, street signs, and even bus shelters to create barricades. These makeshift lines of defense are used by the protesters to protect themselves from water canons. 

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 11:08:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1370430857740?image_id=0aM11Idei59gAOren ZivAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Activists use pavement stones to build barricades between Bashiktash and Taksim. Demonstrators have ripped up streets, street signs, and even bus shelters to create barricades. These makeshift lines of defense are used by the protesters to protect themselves from water canons. 

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1370430857740?image_id=01dofJe26A46Y

Activists tear up pavement from the street to build barricades. These temporary blockades do a good deal of damage to city property and as a result, traffic has greatly increased and infrastructure projects have temporarily ceased. 

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 11:08:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1370430857740?image_id=01dofJe26A46YOren ZivAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Activists tear up pavement from the street to build barricades. These temporary blockades do a good deal of damage to city property and as a result, traffic has greatly increased and infrastructure projects have temporarily ceased. 

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1370430857740?image_id=0g388WA2zMeFt

Protesters run as police water canons spray water in Gezi park, near Bashiktash. The Turkish Doctors Association said that over 1,000 people have been injured since the demonstrations began. Prime Minister Ergodan has remained confrontational towards the demonstrators and has even called them "extremists" and "vandals".

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 11:08:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1370430857740?image_id=0g388WA2zMeFtOren ZivAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Protesters run as police water canons spray water in Gezi park, near Bashiktash. The Turkish Doctors Association said that over 1,000 people have been injured since the demonstrations began. Prime Minister Ergodan has remained confrontational towards the demonstrators and has even called them "extremists" and "vandals".

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1370430857740?image_id=04ke0Tr1DE2uJ

Activists take rest and cover from tear gas in a local college near the site of the clashes. Public spaces, such as colleges and libraries, are used for a short reprieve from the demonstrations. Shop owners sympathetic to the protests have taken down their WiFi passwords to give internet access to the demonstrators. 

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 11:08:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1370430857740?image_id=04ke0Tr1DE2uJOren ZivAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Activists take rest and cover from tear gas in a local college near the site of the clashes. Public spaces, such as colleges and libraries, are used for a short reprieve from the demonstrations. Shop owners sympathetic to the protests have taken down their WiFi passwords to give internet access to the demonstrators. 

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1370430857740?image_id=05N8eme7JBa8t

Minors are arrested after clashing with the police. Since the protest began, several hundreds of people have been arrested all around the country. There are even reports of people being arrested for tweeting about the protest.

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 11:09:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1370430857740?image_id=05N8eme7JBa8tOren ZivAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Minors are arrested after clashing with the police. Since the protest began, several hundreds of people have been arrested all around the country. There are even reports of people being arrested for tweeting about the protest.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1370430857740?image_id=06Oq9Bw4iI04x

Police arrests a medic. The protesters have accused the police of indiscriminate arrests, and for detaining innocent bystanders. 

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 11:09:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1370430857740?image_id=06Oq9Bw4iI04xOren ZivAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Police arrests a medic. The protesters have accused the police of indiscriminate arrests, and for detaining innocent bystanders. 

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1370430857740?image_id=01v8eDd4Prck3

A protester throws stones as fireworks explode. Demonstrators have thrown stones, bricks, fireworks, and flares at the police. No live ammunition has been used by both sides as of yet. 

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 11:07:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1370430857740?image_id=01v8eDd4Prck3Oren ZivAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

A protester throws stones as fireworks explode. Demonstrators have thrown stones, bricks, fireworks, and flares at the police. No live ammunition has been used by both sides as of yet. 



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