Anti-government protests continue in Ankara

Anti-government protesters in Ankara early this morning. Credit: Reuters

Thousands of protesters gathered on the streets of the Turkish capital of Ankara yesterday in the fiercest anti-government protests in years.

Clashes between security forces and demonstrators continued into this morning, as police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse crowds.

Anti-government protesters in central Ankara on June 1.
Anti-government protesters in central Ankara this morning. Credit: Reuters / Umit Bektas

Pictures: Istanbul violence continues over park demolition.

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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.