Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Dozens of lawyers dragged from peaceful protest at Istanbul's main courthouse as riot police attempt to quash demonstrations

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Riot police in Turkey deployed teargas and water cannon in Istanbul's central Taksim Square on Tuesday in a swoop aimed at quashing two-week-old mass street protests against the prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

As the police moved in on the nerve centre of the nationwide uprising, dozens of lawyers were dragged away from the city's central courthouse in what appeared to be a flagrant abuse of human rights.

On Tuesday night dozens of police were still engaged in running battles with jeering protesters in Taksim Square, firing volley after volley of teargas canisters in an attempt to drive them into side streets. Tensions remained extremely high as thousands of demonstrators streamed toward the city centre and police reinforcements were sent in.

The confrontation – which came a day after Erdoğan had promised to meet and negotiate with protest leaders on Wednesday – began just after dawn when hundreds of riot police marched toward the square armed with water cannon and armoured crowd control vehicles.



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