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Published On: Tue, Jun 11th, 2013

Turkey protests erupt into more chaos of tear gas, water cannons and fireworks

A central square in Istanbul erupted through Tuesday and into Wednesday in an unsettling, chaotic scene of tear gas canisters and water cannons from police met by fireworks, metal banging and defiant chanting from protesters.

Hundreds of riot police overran improvised barricades at Istanbul’s Taksim Square on Tuesday, firing tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannon in running battles with protesters who have been occupying the area for more than a week.

Occupy Taksim protester Guy Fawkes maskPhotos from twitter when the protests began – click here

The police raid, which came on the 12th day of nationwide protests, sparked clashes with groups of protesters well into the afternoon.

Many other protesters fled into the adjacent Gezi Park, where hundreds have been camping out to stop developers from cutting down trees in the park.

A peaceful demonstration against the park’s redevelopment has morphed into a test of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’ authority and a rejection of what some see as his autocratic ways.

“To those who … are at Taksim and elsewhere taking part in the demonstrations with sincere feelings: I call on you to leave those places and to end these incidents and I send you my love. But for those who want to continue with the incidents I say: ‘It’s over.’ As of now we have no tolerance for them,” Erdogan said, speaking in the capital, Ankara, as the raid was taking place.

Erdogan made headlines worldwide when he compared the protesters to terrorists.

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Photos Imgur: http://imgur.com/a/gKAsu

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