[QODLink]
Europe

Turkey police fire tear gas at protesters

About 300 protesters gathered near Taksim Square, Istanbul, the centre of the protests that rocked the country in June.

Last Modified: 04 Aug 2013 00:15
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Turkish riot police fire teargas during the July protests in Istanbul [AP]

Turkish riot police have fired tear gas and rubber bullets at hundreds of anti-government protesters in Istanbul, injuring at least 10 people, including three journalists.

Dozens were arrested on Saturday in fresh protests which broke out near Taksim square, the epicentre of the violent demonstrations that disrupted the country in June.

Some 300 protesters gathered early in the evening in support of the Gezi protest movement. 

"Together against fascism" the protesters shouted  amid heavy security. Protest flashpoints Taksim square and Gezi park were closed to the  public on Saturday.

The demonstration follows another violent protest on Wednesday night in a resurgence of the anti-government rallies which swept Turkey in June.

The original unrest was sparked by plans to redevelop Gezi Park, which is adjacent  to Taksim square, but soon evolved into a broader movement against the  government, seen as increasingly authoritarian.

According to police estimates, some 2.5 million people took to the streets in nearly 80 cities for three weeks to demand Prime Minister Recep Tayyip  Erdogan's resignation.

Five people were killed and more than 8,000 injured in the civil unrest.

The authorities had closed the park to the public after police evicted  protesters on June 15. It was reopened earlier this month but demonstrators  remain banned.

208

Source:
Agencies
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Indonesia's digerati could be crucial to success in the country's upcoming presidential election.
How Brazil's football legend turned every Corinthians' match into a political meeting for democracy.
As the Pakistani army battles Taliban forces, civilians in North Waziristan face an arduous escape for relative safety.
Nepalese trade in a libido-boosting fungus is booming but experts warn over-exploitation could destroy ecosystem.
Featured
Palestinian families fear Israel's night-time air strikes, as the civilian death toll soars in the Gaza Strip.
China still uses labour camps to silence democracy activists and others it considers malcontents.
Myanmar's Karen veterans of WWII, despite being abandoned by the British, recall their service with fondness.
Sri Lanka refugees stranded on a boat near Australia's shoreline are in legal limbo and fear torture if sent home.
The death of Hamed Shehab on Wednesday in an Israeli air strike has triggered fear and anger among journalists in Gaza.
join our mailing list