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Turkey police disperse crowds on protests anniversary

Wednesday, June 01, 2016 - 01:02

Turkish authorities shut a park at the centre of mass demonstrations in 2013 as police disperse crowds gathered to mark its third anniversary. Yiming Woo reports.

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Crowds gather in Istanbul to mark three years since the mass protests against President Tayyip Erdogan. In 2013, deadly clashes between police and demonstrators went on for months and spread to other cities. On Tuesday, police shut Gezi Park and are breaking up groups marking the anniversary. (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH PROTESTER, SUHA TURK, SAYING: "Erdogan imposed fascist and authoritarian bans on us again, trying to protect his one-man rule. We were stopped. As you can see, we're leaving quietly. Despite this silence today, we will continue to protest, this struggle will continue." Police used tear gas to evict environmentalists staging a peaceful protest in the park on May 31, 2013. Angered by the use of violence, tens of thousands of people joined the demonstrations at the park and in Taksim Square. Many criticised what they saw as a growing authoritarian rule by then-prime minister Erdogan.

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Turkey police disperse crowds on protests anniversary

Wednesday, June 01, 2016 - 01:02