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Istanbul clears up but scars remain

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Istanbul has been clearing up after four days of violent protests.

The ferocity of Friday’s state crackdown on demonstrators, which began over government plans to build over a park in Taksim Square, shocked Turks and sparked nationwide protests against the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

As the violence began to subside, the main public sector union federation KESK launched a 48-hour strike.

Initially the industrial action was called over workers’ rights but has transformed into a protest against police violence on what began as a peaceful protest.

Two people are reported to have died as a result of the violence.

Those opposed to the government claim it is trying to impose Islamic reforms on a secular nation.