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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.

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Protesters remain defiant in Turkey's Taksim Square

Anti-government protesters are continuing to gather in Istanbul's Taksim Square despite efforts to disperse them

Earlier today, teargas and water cannon were used to clear the area but demonstrators keep on returning.

Riot police are standing guard as a clean-up operation of the area continues through the night.

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