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Riot police fires teargas at protesters in Istanbul

Turkish riot police clashed with anti-government protesters in central Istanbul on the anniversary of the country's biggest anti-government demonstrations in decades.

Riot police fire tear gas and water cannons Credit: Reuters

The police fired teargas and water cannon to disperse the protests and detained dozens of demonstrators.

Plainclothes police officers detain a demonstrator in Istanbul Credit: Reuters

Authorities closed roads and stopped public transport to deny the protesters access to Taksim Square and the adjoining Gezi Park.The government plans to raze the park and build a shopping mall sparked last year's unrest.

A riot police officer fires tear gas to disperse anti-government protest Credit: Reuters

Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan warned people to stay out of Taksim, saying security forces would not tolerate any march on the square.

Turkish police fire teargas on Istanbul protesters

Turkish police have fired teargas to disperse hundreds of people protesting against the police crackdown on last month's anti-government demonstrations, local media reports.

Police blocked several hundred protesters near Istanbul's Taksim Square from marching in support of a teenage boy said to be in a coma after being hit in the head by a teargas canister during the unrest.

TV footage showed police vehicles shooting water cannons while protesters flee.

Nationwide protests against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan last month have largely died down across the country, but some isolated demonstrations have continued in Istanbul and the capital, Ankara.

Read more: Istanbul's governor vows to fight day and night for control of Taksim Square

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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 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 Credit: Reuters

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 Credit: REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Uneasy calm hangs over Taksim Square

An uneasy calm hangs over Taksim Square - the epicentre of Turkey's protest movement - after clashes between demonstrators and riot police overnight left dozens injured.

Riot police shelter from the rain in Taksim square in central Istanbul, Turkey Credit: REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Riot police and water cannon are on standby in the square in case of further disturbances and journalists on the ground say work is continuing to remove barricades.

A boy wearing a Guy Fawkes mask displays his wooden sword in Gezi Park in central Istanbul Credit: REUTERS/Osman Orsal

Protesters have constructed a makeshift camp in the adjoining Gezi Park and most appeared to be resting after last night's ordeal.

The protester camp in Gezi Park Credit: APTN

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Turkish protesters dismiss PM offer as meaningless

An umbrella group representing demonstrators in Istanbul has condemned Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's offer to meet some of the protesters as meaningless and merely symbolic.

Bulent Muftuoglu, a leading figure in Taksim Solidarity, said: "Had Solidarity spoken with anyone in this [government] group to share information, the meeting with the prime minister would have meaning. Now it doesn't."

Istanbul residents wear gas masks 1km from protest

Britain's Consul-General to Turkey, Leigh Turner, has tweeted these photographs showing Istanbul residents going about their evening wearing gas masks.

Istanbul residents wearing gas masks Credit: Twitter/@LeighTurnerFCO

He said the photos were taken in the Beyoglu district of the city, almost a kilometre (0.6 miles) from where clashes between protesters and police were taking place.

A couple wear gas masks in the Beyoglu district of Istanbul Credit: Twitter/@LeighTurnerFCO

Taksim Square appears deserted again

Taksim Square in central Istanbul appears to be deserted again as the back-and-forth struggle between protesters and riot police continues into the night.

A short time ago, water cannon trucks could be seen extinguishing a bonfire that had been set by the demonstrators.

Taksim Square in central Istanbul apparently empty of protesters Credit: Reuters
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