Turkish Riot Police Force Protesters Out of Taksim Square

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The unrest in Turkey intensified last night as riot police used tear gas, water cannons, and sound bombs to scatter thousands of protesters. The protests began in opposition to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's plan to replace a city park with a mall, but they have grown into a protest of what demonstrators say is Erdogan's dictatorial ambitions. 

Claire Berlinski is a freelance reporter in Turkey and a senior fellow for Turkey at the American Foreign Policy Center. Her neighborhood, located four blocks from Taksim Square, was on fire yesterday.

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