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June 3, 2013

Protests in Turkey (updated)

An undercurrent of explosive anger at the government of Turkey found a fuse on May 31 as a protest over the demolition of a public park in Istanbul quickly spread to other cities and encompassed simmering passions on broader issues in Turkish political life. Police have used tear gas and water canons to break up the protests, which have grown as demonstrators express opposition to what they view as the increasing authoritarianism of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. [NOTE: Nine new photographs from June 11 and 12 have been added as the protests continue.] -- Lane Turner (38 photos total)

Tear gas surrounds a protestor holding a Turkish flag with a portrait of the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, as he takes part in protests against the Turkish Prime Minister and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Ankara on June 1, 2013. (Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images)

A wounded protestor is carried away during confrontations with riot police as they demonstrated against the demolition of Taksim Gezi Park on May 31, 2013 in Taksim Square in Istanbul. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images) #

Protestors clash with riot policemen on May 31, 2013 during a protest against the demolition of the Taksim Gezi Park in Taksim Square in Istanbul. (Gurcan Ozturk/AFP/Getty Images) #

Protestors clash with Turkish riot policemen during a protest against the demolition of Taksim Gezi Park on May 31, 2013, in Taksim quarter of Istanbul. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images) #

Volunteer doctors help injured protestors inside a mosque during a clash with Turkish riot police at Besiktas district in Istanbul on June 3, 2013. (Ahmet Sik/EPA) #

Protestors clash with riot police near Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office in Istanbul on June 3, 2013. (Gurcan Ozturk/AFP/Getty Images) #

Thousands of people walk on Istiklal Street holding Turkish flags during a demonstration against the conservative government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul on June 2, 2013. (Tolga Bozoglu/EPA) #

Protestors shout during a demonstration against the conservative government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul on June 2, 2013. (Tolga Bozoglu/EPA) #

Demonstrators flee from a water cannon during clashes with riot police on May 31, 2013 during a protest against the demolition of Taksim Gezi Park, in Taksim Square in Istanbul. (Stringer/AFP/Getty Images) #

A man is hit by a water cannon during a protest against Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in central Ankara on June 1, 2013. (Umit Bektas/Reuters) #

Demonstrators clash with a police water cannon outside Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's working office in Besiktas Istanbul on June 2, 2013. (Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images) #

Volunteer doctors help injured protestors inside a mosque during a clash with Turkish riot police in the Besiktas district in Istanbul on June 3, 2013. (Ahmet Sik/EPA) #

Demonstrators set fire to barricades as they clash with riot police during an anti-government protest at Taksim Square in central Istanbul May 31, 2013. (Murad Sezer/Reuters) #

Riot police use tear gas to disperse the crowd during a protest at Taksim Square in central Istanbul on May 31, 2013. (Murad Sezer/Reuters) #

A demonstrator waves Turkey's national flag as he sits on a monument during a protest in central Ankara on June 2, 2013. (Umit Bektas/Reuters) #

An anti-government protester holds a Turkish national flag with a portrait of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey, on it during a demonstration in Ankara on June 2, 2013. (Umit Bektas /Reuters) #

Protesters carry the Turkish flag and shout anti-government slogans during a demonstration at Gezi Park near Taksim Square in central Istanbul on June 3, 2013. (Stoyan Nenov/Reuters) #

Protesters shout anti-government slogans during a demonstration in Ankara on June 3, 2013. (Umit Bektas/Reuters) #

Protestors clash with Turkish riot policemen during a protest against the demolition of Taksim Gezi Park on May 31, 2013 in Istanbul. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images) #

Protestors clash with riot policemen over the demolition of Taksim Gezi Park on May 31, 2013 in Istanbul. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images) #

Riot police mass against protestors on Istiklal street on June 1, 2013 during a protest against the demolition of Taksim Gezi Park in Taksim Square in Istanbul. (Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images) #

An injured demonstrator is cared for during protests in Ankara on June 1, 2013. (Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images) #

A policeman fires tear gas during a protest against Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan in central Ankara on June 1, 2013. (Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images) #

An injured demonstrator is helped during clashes between riot police and demonstrators in Ankara on June 1, 2013. (Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images) #

Demonstrators clash with police during a protest against Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan in central Ankara on June 1, 2013. (Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images) #

Graffiti covers a shop window on Taksim square in Istanbul on June 3, 2013 after days of protests. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images) #

People distribute free food to protestors in Taksim Gezi park in Istanbul on June 3, 2013. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images) #

Protestors clash with riot police near Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office in Istanbul on June 3, 2013. (Gurcan Ozturk/AFP/Getty Images) #

A couple celebrates their wedding with demonstrators near Taksim square on June 2, 2013. (Gurcan Ozturk/AFP/Getty Images) #

A Turkish boy jumps through fire during clashes in the Gazi district of Istanbul on June 11, 2013. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images) #

A protestor hit by police water cannon falls during clashes in Taksim Square in Istanbul on June 11, 2013. (Kerim Okten/EPA) #

People flee tear gas on Taksim square on June 11, 2013. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images) #

Protesters run as riot police fire teargas and water cannons in Taksim Square in Istanbul on June 11, 2013. (Osman Orsal/Reuters) #

Riot police fire tear gas to disperse the crowd during a demonstration near Taksim Square on June 11, 2013 in Istanbul. (Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images) #

Riot police fire tear gas to disperse the crowd during a demonstration near Taksim Square, on June 11, 2013 in Istanbul. (Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images) #

A protestor attacks a police water cannon vehicle in Taksim Square on June 11, 2013 in Istanbul. (Gurcan Ozturk/AFP/Getty Images)#

Protesters carry a wounded man in Taksim Square in Istanbul on June 11, 2013. (Murad Sezer/Reuters) #

A woman reacts to tear gas in Istanbul's Taksim Square on June 11, 2013. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images)#


 
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