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

http://twitter.com/#!/ReutersWorld/status/340475620226134017

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:

http://twitter.com/#!/mirkoschaefer/status/340446801981214722
http://twitter.com/#!/_ozan_cetin/status/340499280362086401
http://twitter.com/#!/acarvin/status/340510046888808448
http://twitter.com/#!/IvanCNN/status/340464086984822787
http://twitter.com/#!/SodaLemonSalt/status/340518389556600833
http://twitter.com/#!/alisteaparty/status/340424986101698560
http://twitter.com/#!/sarhosadam/status/340466344711581696
http://twitter.com/#!/IvanCNN/status/340507333081841664

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:

http://twitter.com/#!/IvanCNN/status/340492752133439488

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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