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Police in Turkey clash with protesters

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It appears clashes in Turkey that began 18 days ago have now reached a new and even more dangerous level.

Overnight police drove out protesters and took control of Gezi Park and nearby Taksim Square. Now those protesters are trying to return.

Turkish police in riot gear used powerful water cannons to drive thousands of demonstrators out of the square and used tear gas which filled the streets.

Outside the Square, protesters are also clashing with police.  

Clouds of tears gas fill the streets as a lot of young people, many of them professional protesting against the government, chanting “Erdogan the Prime Minister must go.”

The conflict started 18 days ago as a peaceful protest against the developing Gezi Park near Taksim Square in Istanbul – but demonstrators the heavy handed police tactics have brought to light a much larger issue.

Demonstrators are saying the Prime Minister is like a dictator. They say he’s turning Turkey, which is largely a secular state, into much more of an Islamic state.

Protesters are also telling Fox News that even if the Prime Minister is willing to make concessions, they will still remain and prepare for violence.

However, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan still has a lot of support on the ground.

On Saturday just outside of the capital, he addressed a large rally of tens of thousands of people chanting his name and said the protesters must go. Demonstrators are vowing to continue the fight.

The unrest doesn’t appear to stop anytime soon. According to one authority the clashes have left four people dead and 5,000 injured.        

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