Police attacked over ten thousand peaceful protestors in Istanbul’s Taksim Square on Saturday. This was the first mass gathering of protestors since the police crackdown a week earlier in Gezi Park. Saturday’s protest was in response to the Gezi Park police crack down which left nearly 300 injured. Clashes between protestors and police went on into the early morning around Taksim Square. The police used rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannons to dispel the crowd into the back streets of Taksim District.

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Activists held gatherings in Ankara and other Turkish cities at the same time as yesterday’s protest. These gatherings show that the resistance to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has not been slowed by last week’s police re-occupation of Gezi Park.

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