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Park at centre of Turkish protests to reopen

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The park at the centre of mass unrest in Turkey is to reopen on Monday, officials have confirmed.

Gezi park has been closed for three weeks after plans to demolish it and build military barracks in May sparked anger and turned into nationwide protests against the government.

Earlier, Turkey’s main opposition leader, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, paid a visit to the park. He told reporters it should never have been closed.

“A park should be open, be should be able to go in and express their thoughts and go about freely. The construction here shouldn’t be allowed” Kilicdaroglu said.

On Saturday night, crowds who had gathered at nearby Taksim Square hoping to get into the park, were met with water canons and tear gas from police.

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