Police disperse protesters in Istanbul

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Turkish police have moved in to disperse hundreds of protesters, who had gathered in and around Istanbul’s landmark Taskim Square.

They were trying to get into the nearby Gezi Park. A plan to redevelop the area recently sparked nationwide anti-government protests.

Police used tear gas and water cannon in a bid to break up the crowds.

Protest organisers had planned to break through police cordons – to serve notice to authorities of a court decision which has annulled the redevelopment proposals.

The park has been officially closed since mid June, when police cleared demonstrators who had occupied it amid the anti-government action.