Clashes in Turkey

Turkey has been rocked by violent clashes bewteen riot police battling protesters who have been occupying Taksim Square and

its adjacent Gezi Park in the country's most severe anti-government

protests in decades.

Police detain a protester as Turkish riot police spray water cannon at demonstrators who remained defiant after authorities evicted activists from an Istanbul park, making clear they are taking a hardline stand against attempts to rekindle protests that have shaken the country, near city's main Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, June 16, 2013.( AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
Police detain a protester as Turkish riot police spray water cannon at demonstrators who remained defiant after authorities evicted activists from an Istanbul park, making clear they are taking a hardline stand against attempts to rekindle protests that have shaken the country, near city's main Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, June 16, 2013.( AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
Police detain a protester as Turkish riot police spray water cannon at demonstrators who remained defiant after authorities evicted activists from an Istanbul park, making clear they are taking a hardline stand against attempts to rekindle protests that have shaken the country, near city's main Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, June 16, 2013.( AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
Police fire tear gas as riot police spray a water canon at demonstrators who remained defiant after authorities evicted activists from an Istanbul park, making clear they are taking a hardline stand against attempts to rekindle protests that have shaken the country, near city's main Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, June 16, 2013. (AP Photo )
Police fire tear gas as riot police spray a water canon at demonstrators who remained defiant after authorities evicted activists from an Istanbul park, making clear they are taking a hardline stand against attempts to rekindle protests that have shaken the country, near city's main Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, June 16, 2013. (AP Photo )
Police fire tear gas as riot police spray a water canon at demonstrators who remained defiant after authorities evicted activists from an Istanbul park, making clear they are taking a hardline stand against attempts to rekindle protests that have shaken the country, near city's main Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, June 16, 2013. (AP Photo )
People carry the coffin of Ethem Sarisuluk, one of five people killed during the recent protests in Turkey, as Turkish riot police spray water cannon at demonstrators who remained defiant after authorities evicted activists from an Istanbul park, making clear they are taking a hardline against attempts to rekindle protests that have shaken the country, in city's main Kizilay Square in Ankara, Turkey, Sunday, June 16, 2013.(AP Photo )
People carry the coffin of Ethem Sarisuluk, one of five people killed during the recent protests in Turkey, as Turkish riot police spray water cannon at demonstrators who remained defiant after authorities evicted activists from an Istanbul park, making clear they are taking a hardline against attempts to rekindle protests that have shaken the country, in city's main Kizilay Square in Ankara, Turkey, Sunday, June 16, 2013.(AP Photo )
People carry the coffin of Ethem Sarisuluk, one of five people killed during the recent protests in Turkey, as Turkish riot police spray water cannon at demonstrators who remained defiant after authorities evicted activists from an Istanbul park, making clear they are taking a hardline against attempts to rekindle protests that have shaken the country, in city's main Kizilay Square in Ankara, Turkey, Sunday, June 16, 2013.(AP Photo )
Police guard the monument of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of the modern Turkey, at the Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, early Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Riot police fired tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets in day-long clashes that lasted into the early hours Wednesday, battling protesters who have been occupying the square and its adjacent Gezi Park in the country's most severe anti-government protests in decades. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Police guard the monument of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of the modern Turkey, at the Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, early Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Riot police fired tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets in day-long clashes that lasted into the early hours Wednesday, battling protesters who have been occupying the square and its adjacent Gezi Park in the country's most severe anti-government protests in decades. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Police guard the monument of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of the modern Turkey, at the Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, early Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Riot police fired tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets in day-long clashes that lasted into the early hours Wednesday, battling protesters who have been occupying the square and its adjacent Gezi Park in the country's most severe anti-government protests in decades. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
A masked protester is backdropped by a Turkish flag on the edge of Gezi Park, in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Riot police fired tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets in day-long clashes that lasted into the early hours Wednesday, battling protesters who have been occupying Istanbul's central Taksim Square and its adjacent Gezi Park in the country's most severe anti-government protests in decades.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A masked protester is backdropped by a Turkish flag on the edge of Gezi Park, in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Riot police fired tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets in day-long clashes that lasted into the early hours Wednesday, battling protesters who have been occupying Istanbul's central Taksim Square and its adjacent Gezi Park in the country's most severe anti-government protests in decades.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A masked protester is backdropped by a Turkish flag on the edge of Gezi Park, in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Riot police fired tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets in day-long clashes that lasted into the early hours Wednesday, battling protesters who have been occupying Istanbul's central Taksim Square and its adjacent Gezi Park in the country's most severe anti-government protests in decades.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A protester, face stained by tear gas antidote, sleeps in Gezi Park in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Riot police fired tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets in day-long clashes that lasted into the early hours Wednesday, battling protesters who have been occupying Istanbul's central Taksim Square and its adjacent Gezi Park in the country's most severe anti-government protests in decades. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A protester, face stained by tear gas antidote, sleeps in Gezi Park in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Riot police fired tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets in day-long clashes that lasted into the early hours Wednesday, battling protesters who have been occupying Istanbul's central Taksim Square and its adjacent Gezi Park in the country's most severe anti-government protests in decades. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A protester, face stained by tear gas antidote, sleeps in Gezi Park in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Riot police fired tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets in day-long clashes that lasted into the early hours Wednesday, battling protesters who have been occupying Istanbul's central Taksim Square and its adjacent Gezi Park in the country's most severe anti-government protests in decades. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Protesters rest in a tent in Gezi Park, in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Riot police fired tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets in day-long clashes that lasted into the early hours Wednesday, battling protesters who have been occupying Istanbul's central Taksim Square and its adjacent Gezi Park in the country's most severe anti-government protests in decades.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Protesters rest in a tent in Gezi Park, in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Riot police fired tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets in day-long clashes that lasted into the early hours Wednesday, battling protesters who have been occupying Istanbul's central Taksim Square and its adjacent Gezi Park in the country's most severe anti-government protests in decades.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Protesters rest in a tent in Gezi Park, in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Riot police fired tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets in day-long clashes that lasted into the early hours Wednesday, battling protesters who have been occupying Istanbul's central Taksim Square and its adjacent Gezi Park in the country's most severe anti-government protests in decades.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A protester sleeps under a banner that reads ''Revolution'' at the Gezi Park in Istanbul, Turkey, early Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Riot police fired tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets in day-long clashes that lasted into the early hours Wednesday, battling protesters who have been occupying Istanbul's central Taksim Square and its adjacent Gezi Park in the country's most severe anti-government protests in decades. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
A protester sleeps under a banner that reads ''Revolution'' at the Gezi Park in Istanbul, Turkey, early Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Riot police fired tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets in day-long clashes that lasted into the early hours Wednesday, battling protesters who have been occupying Istanbul's central Taksim Square and its adjacent Gezi Park in the country's most severe anti-government protests in decades. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
A protester sleeps under a banner that reads ''Revolution'' at the Gezi Park in Istanbul, Turkey, early Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Riot police fired tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets in day-long clashes that lasted into the early hours Wednesday, battling protesters who have been occupying Istanbul's central Taksim Square and its adjacent Gezi Park in the country's most severe anti-government protests in decades. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
A masked protester is backdropped by a Turkish flag near a barricade on the edge of Gezi Park, in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Riot police fired tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets in day-long clashes that lasted into the early hours Wednesday, battling protesters who have been occupying Istanbul's central Taksim Square and its adjacent Gezi Park in the country's most severe anti-government protests in decades.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A masked protester is backdropped by a Turkish flag near a barricade on the edge of Gezi Park, in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Riot police fired tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets in day-long clashes that lasted into the early hours Wednesday, battling protesters who have been occupying Istanbul's central Taksim Square and its adjacent Gezi Park in the country's most severe anti-government protests in decades.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A masked protester is backdropped by a Turkish flag near a barricade on the edge of Gezi Park, in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Riot police fired tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets in day-long clashes that lasted into the early hours Wednesday, battling protesters who have been occupying Istanbul's central Taksim Square and its adjacent Gezi Park in the country's most severe anti-government protests in decades.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Protesters sleep in Gezi Park, in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Riot police fired tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets in day-long clashes that lasted into the early hours Wednesday, battling protesters who have been occupying Istanbul's central Taksim Square and its adjacent Gezi Park in the country's most severe anti-government protests in decades.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Protesters sleep in Gezi Park, in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Riot police fired tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets in day-long clashes that lasted into the early hours Wednesday, battling protesters who have been occupying Istanbul's central Taksim Square and its adjacent Gezi Park in the country's most severe anti-government protests in decades.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Protesters sleep in Gezi Park, in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Riot police fired tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets in day-long clashes that lasted into the early hours Wednesday, battling protesters who have been occupying Istanbul's central Taksim Square and its adjacent Gezi Park in the country's most severe anti-government protests in decades.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A pretzels vendor maneuvers his cart in front of a large group of riot police in Taksim square in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Riot police fired tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets in day-long clashes that lasted into the early hours Wednesday, battling protesters who have been occupying Istanbul's central Taksim Square and its adjacent Gezi Park in the country's most severe anti-government protests in decades.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A pretzels vendor maneuvers his cart in front of a large group of riot police in Taksim square in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Riot police fired tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets in day-long clashes that lasted into the early hours Wednesday, battling protesters who have been occupying Istanbul's central Taksim Square and its adjacent Gezi Park in the country's most severe anti-government protests in decades.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A pretzels vendor maneuvers his cart in front of a large group of riot police in Taksim square in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Riot police fired tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets in day-long clashes that lasted into the early hours Wednesday, battling protesters who have been occupying Istanbul's central Taksim Square and its adjacent Gezi Park in the country's most severe anti-government protests in decades.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Riot policemen stand on a building overlooking Taksim square, decorated with Turkish flags and a portrait of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Riot police fired tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets in day-long clashes that lasted into the early hours Wednesday, battling protesters who have been occupying Istanbul's central Taksim Square and its adjacent Gezi Park in the country's most severe anti-government protests in decades.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Riot policemen stand on a building overlooking Taksim square, decorated with Turkish flags and a portrait of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Riot police fired tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets in day-long clashes that lasted into the early hours Wednesday, battling protesters who have been occupying Istanbul's central Taksim Square and its adjacent Gezi Park in the country's most severe anti-government protests in decades.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Riot policemen stand on a building overlooking Taksim square, decorated with Turkish flags and a portrait of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Riot police fired tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets in day-long clashes that lasted into the early hours Wednesday, battling protesters who have been occupying Istanbul's central Taksim Square and its adjacent Gezi Park in the country's most severe anti-government protests in decades.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

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