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Police detain 13 more in raids in Turkey

A demonstrator chained himself to a monument of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk near a group of protesters in Istanbul on Thursday.
A demonstrator chained himself to a monument of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk near a group of protesters in Istanbul on Thursday.Credit: Marko Djurica/Reuters

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ANKARA, Turkey — The country’s state-run news agency says police have detained 13 more demonstrators suspected of involvement in violence during protests that have swept the country.

The Anadolu Agency said Thursday that the demonstrators were detained for alleged vandalism, use of firebombs and inciting riots. It said the suspects are members of outlawed left-wing groups and were identified from videos of the protests.

Human rights groups say more than 3,000 people have been detained, then released, since antigovernment demonstrations — sparked by a police crackdown on environmental activists — began May 31.

Dozens remain in custody and at least six people face charges.

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