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Police disperse protesters in Istanbul


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.

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