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Turkish police fire teargas to disperse hundreds in Istanbul

Turkish police fired teargas in Istanbul to disperse several hundred people protesting against the police crackdown on anti-government demonstrations.



Istanbul: Turkish police fired teargas in Istanbul on Wednesday to disperse several hundred people protesting against the police crackdown on last month`s anti-government demonstrations, local media reported.

Police blocked several hundred protesters in a busy street near Istanbul`s Taksim Square from marching in support of a teenage boy who is said to be in a coma after being hit in the head by a teargas canister during the unrest.

TV footage showed police vehicles firing water cannons and protesters running into side streets.

What started as a small protest against the planned redevelopment of the city`s Gezi Park triggered nationwide protests last month against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, accused by his critics of becoming increasingly authoritarian.

Five people died and thousands were injured in the anti-government unrest, which posed the biggest challenge to Erdogan`s decade-old rule.

While the protests have largely died down across the country, some isolated demonstrations have persisted in Istanbul and the capital, Ankara.

Reuters

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