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Turkish court ruling against Taksim development made public

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Turkish court ruling against Taksim development made public

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It has emerged that a Turkish court ruled against a controversial construction project to redevelop Taksim Square and Gezi Park in Istanbul.

The court reached its decision on June 8.

It is unclear why the court’s wishes have only just been released.

The project sparked nationwide outrage and led to widespread anti-government protests across Turkey in late May and June.

The violence left four protesters and a policeman dead with 8,000 injured.

The administrative court said in its ruling that the government decision to bulldoze Gezi Park and replace it with a replica of an Ottoman-style military barracks was not in the public interest.

Environmentalists see the decision as a victory.