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.