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Turkey protests: Clean-up after Istanbul clashes

A clean-up operation is underway in Istanbul after Turkish protesters clashed with police overnight in some of the worst violence since unrest erupted three days ago.

The protests were sparked by plans to build on a city park, but have broadened into nationwide anti-government unrest with footage showing handmade barricades around the city.

The demonstrators fear Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) is trying to impose conservative Islamic values on the officially secular country and infringe on their personal freedoms, correspondents say.

Student Asli Bankaci said: "They (the protesters) want to continue, they want to protest. It is no longer only about trees. It is about what people think about the reaction to Erdogan's party."

  • 03 Jun 2013
  • From the section Europe
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