Police crackdown in Turkey

Turkish police have launched a crackdown on anti-government protesters in Istanbul after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned the demonstrators to evacuate in a speech at a rally in the capital Ankara.

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Turkish PM Erdogan defends his 'duty' to end protests

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he carried out his "duty" by deploying riot police who evicted thousands of activists behind Istanbul's Gezi Park.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan hits back at protesters. Credit: APTN

In a thunderous speech to hundreds of thousands of supporters in western Istanbul, Erdogan also railed against foreign media coverage of the protests.

The Turkish PM addresses supporters in western Istanbul,. Credit: APTN

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Protester sits on windscreen of water cannon truck

One protester in the Turkish city if Istanbul managed to wedge himself between the windscreen and bonnet of a water cannon truck.

Protesters trying to climb onto a water cannon truck in Istanbul, Turkey
Protesters trying to climb onto a water cannon truck in Istanbul, Turkey Credit: Reuters

Out of the reach of the stream of pressurised water, he was able to unfurl a Turkish flag directly in front of where the drivers were sitting.

A protester waves a Turkish flag in front of the windscreen
A protester waves a Turkish flag in front of the windscreen Credit: Reuters

Crackdown on Turkish protesters after PM's warning

Riot police walk in front of Divan hotel in Istanbul amid a cloud of tear gas.
Riot police walk in front of Divan hotel in Istanbul amid a cloud of tear gas. Credit: REUTERS/Serkan Senturk

Police in the Turkish city of Istanbul pushed protesters out of Taksim Square this morning, removing the roadblocks put up in the last two weeks.

A police officer fires tear gas towards protesters in Istanbul.
A police officer fires tear gas towards protesters in Istanbul. Credit: REUTERS/Serkan Senturk

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Turkish police use tear gas to disperse protesters

Protesters set fire to a barricade as they clash with riot police in Istanbul.
Protesters set fire to a barricade as they clash with riot police in Istanbul. Credit: REUTERS/Cevahir Bugu

Police used tear gas to disperse protesters in Istanbul early this morning, hours after a protest camp was cleared from a park in the Turkish city.

Police in riot gear walk through a cloud of tear gas in Istanbul's Gezi Park.
Police in riot gear walk through a cloud of tear gas in Istanbul's Gezi Park. Credit: ABACA/ABACA/Press Association Images

Police in riot gear also dismantled barricades which had been put up, including one on a street leading to Taksim Square - which has been at the heart of the recent unrest.

Riot police fire tear gas and a water cannon at Taksim Square in Istanbul.
Riot police fire tear gas and a water cannon at Taksim Square in Istanbul. Credit: REUTERS/Osman Orsal

A hotel was hit by tear-gas canisters during the police operation, forcing guests and protesters sheltering inside the hotel to rush out into the street, the Associated Press reported.

Police use water cannons and tear gas on protesters

Workers have moved into Istanbul's Taksim Square to clear sections of the adjoining "tent city" that had been created by anti-government protesters.

With police in riot gear standing by, parts of temporary shelters were bulldozed down and loaded into trucks to be taken away.

After telling protesters to leave Gezi Park, riot police swarmed into Taksim Square firing water cannons and tear gas at them.

Turkish union calls general strike after police crackdown

Turkey's trade union confederation KESK has called a general strike for Monday after a police raid on a protester camp in Istanbul's Gezi Park this evening.

Police wielding tear gas and water cannon are locked in an ongoing struggle with anti-government demonstrators for control of the park and adjoining Taksim Square.

Police fire tear gas cannisters in Istanbul's Taksim Square
Police fire tear gas cannisters in Istanbul's Taksim Square Credit: REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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