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Turkish police fire tear gas, water cannon at park protesters [photos, video]


A demonstration in a park in Istanbul, Turkey, escalated quickly as police moved in to clear out the protesters.

Reuters reports that tourists are among the hundred-plus injured:

Turkish police fired tear gas and water cannon on Friday at protesters occupying a park in central Istanbul, wounding scores including tourists in the harshest crackdown so far on days of anti-government unrest.

The protest at Gezi Park started late on Monday after developers tore up trees but has widened into a broader demonstration against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP).

Friday’s violence erupted after a dawn police raid on demonstrators who had camped for days in the park in anger at plans to build a shopping mall. Clouds of tear gas rose around the area in Taksim Square, long a venue for political protest.

Twitter users are passing along pictures:


Why, yes it did.

Video of one protester finding out the hard way that water cannons pack a wallop:

This particular revolution is apparently not being televised locally:


Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/05/31/turkish-police-fire-tear-gas-water-cannon-at-occupygezi-protesters-tourists-among-injured-photos-video/

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