Skirmishes in Taksim Square despite governor's warning

There have been running skirmishes between police and protesters in Istanbul's Taksim Square and the surrounding area, despite a plea by the city's governor for demonstrators to stay away.

Governor Huseyin Avni Mutlu said the protesters "can use their rights to protest later in areas arranged for public gatherings".

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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.