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Evening skirmishes as Turkish protestors return to Taksim Square

Evening skirmishes as Turkish protestors return to Taksim Square
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Anti-government protestors returned to Istanbul’s Taksim Square as night fell.

Earlier in the day Turkish riot police had retaken control of the square, forcing demonstrators to move to nearby Gezi park. Now they returned to make their voices heard.

Before long, Police used water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets on the crowds.

The battle to end nearly two weeks of anti-government protests began early on Tuesday morning as bulldozers moved in to remove barricades.

The move came a day after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed to meet protest leaders, whose peaceful demonstrations over government redevelopment plans of a park grew into wider anti-authority protests.

Prime Minister Erdogan told his party on Tuesday that he won’t show “any more tolerance” for protests. He believes an environmental movement has been hijacked by people wanting to harm Turkey.

Protestors say the movement won’t end here. Turkey’s Prime Minister says they can expect more “roughness.”

Meanwhile western countries watch with concern as the troubles in their key NATO ally continue to unfold.

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