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Turkey: peace by day, clashes by night

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Turkey: peace by day, clashes by night


Riot police were out in force again in the Turkish capital, Ankara as anti-government demonstrations entered their sixth night.

Peaceful daytime protests turned violent as night fell. Tear gas and water cannon were used once again to disperse protesters.

Chanting ‘Tayyip resign’, the activists were incensed by the Turkish prime minister’s remarks over the weekend describing them as looters. He is currently on an official visit to North Africa and will return on Thursday.

Suspecting censorship, protesters are downloading encryption software to protect their identities when communicating using social media. Police raided 38 addresses in Izmir as they investigated people suspected of using the internet to incite insurrection.

Two people have been killed and over 3,000 injured overall in the some of the most violent riots that Turkey has seen in decades.

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