More Tear Gas As Turkey Marks One Year Of Unrest

May 31, 2014 by  

More Tear Gas As Turkey Marks One Year Of Unrest, Turkish police fired teargas and water cannon on Saturday to disperse protesters in central Istanbul who sought to mark the one-year anniversary of the country’s biggest anti-government demonstrations in decades.

Authorities closed roads and stopped public transport to deny access to Taksim Square and the adjoining Gezi Park where government plans to raze the green space and build a shopping mall sparked last year’s unrest.

Police lines kept back activists who had hoped to read a statement at Taksim Square and lay flowers at the park to commemorate the deaths of at least six people in the protests against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s rule.

Another half-dozen people died in sporadic unrest in the ensuing months as anger at Erdogan and his AK Party simmered.

Hundreds of people chanted “Resign, murderer AKP,” and “Everywhere is Taksim, everywhere is resistance” on the busy shopping street Istiklal that leads to Taksim before police fired teargas at the crowd, forcing it to retreat.

Police also broke up protests in the capital Ankara and the southern city of Adana, CNN Turk reported.

At least three people were detained in Istanbul, witnesses said. Police helicopters circled overhead.

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