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Corruption probe leads to clashes in Turkey

Turkey has endured yet another night of violent clashes, this time as the result of a high-level corruption probe against the government. Protesters and police were at logger-heads in Istanbul after prime minister Erdogan issued a stark warning to his rivals, who have arrested several people over the scandal. Police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse thousands of demonstrators who were calling for the government’s resignation.

Corruption probe leads to clashes in Turkey
A Turkish policeman stands in front of a barricade set on fire during a demonstration on December 22, 2013 in the Asian side of Istanbul. Turkey's prime minister threw down the gauntlet to his rivals on Sunday, warning he will 'break their hands' if they use allegations of high-level corruption to undermine his rule. His heated remarks came as riot police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse thousands of anti-government demonstrators in Istanbul calling for the government's resignation. (AFP/Getty Images)
Corruption probe leads to clashes in Turkey
A man waves a flag next to a barricade set on fire as protesters clash with Turkish police during a demonstration on December 22, 2013 in the Asian side of Istanbul. Turkey's prime minister threw down the gauntlet to his rivals on Sunday, warning he will 'break their hands' if they use allegations of high-level corruption to undermine his rule. His heated remarks came as riot police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse thousands of anti-government demonstrators in Istanbul calling for the government's resignation. (AFP/Getty Images)
Corruption probe leads to clashes in Turkey
A protester uses a sling-shot against Turkish police during a demonstration on December 22, 2013 in the Asian side of Istanbul. Turkey's prime minister threw down the gauntlet to his rivals on Sunday, warning he will 'break their hands' if they use allegations of high-level corruption to undermine his rule. His heated remarks came as riot police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse thousands of anti-government demonstrators in Istanbul calling for the government's resignation. (AFP/Getty Images)
Corruption probe leads to clashes in Turkey
A man wearing a gas mask stands in front of a line of fire as protesters clash with Turkish police during a demonstration on December 22, 2013 in the Asian side of Istanbul. Turkey's prime minister threw down the gauntlet to his rivals on Sunday, warning he will 'break their hands' if they use allegations of high-level corruption to undermine his rule. His heated remarks came as riot police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse thousands of anti-government demonstrators in Istanbul calling for the government's resignation. (AFP/Getty Images)
Corruption probe leads to clashes in Turkey
Demonstrators march to Kadikoy square on December 22, 2013 in the Asian side of Istanbul. The Istanbul Demonstration, which was planned to denounce the governments mega construction projects that have threatened green areas of the city and urban transformation projects accused of causing social destruction, turned into a mass meeting of people to protest recently corruption allegations into four Cabinet members, their relatives, a mayor and a number of businessmen. (AFP/Getty Images)
Corruption probe leads to clashes in Turkey
Protesters run away from tear gas while they clash with Turkish police during a demonstration on December 22, 2013 in the Asian side of Istanbul. Turkey's prime minister threw down the gauntlet to his rivals on Sunday, warning he will 'break their hands' if they use allegations of high-level corruption to undermine his rule. His heated remarks came as riot police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse thousands of anti-government demonstrators in Istanbul calling for the government's resignation. (AFP/Getty Images)
Corruption probe leads to clashes in Turkey
Riot police face demonstrator on December 22, 2013 in the Asian side of Istanbul. The Istanbul City Demonstration, which was planned to denounce the governments mega construction projects that have threatened green areas of the city and urban transformation projects accused of causing social destruction, turned into a mass meeting of people to protest recently corruption allegations into four Cabinet members, their relatives, a mayor and a number of businessmen. (AFP/Getty Images)
Corruption probe leads to clashes in Turkey
Protesters throw stones as riot police use tear gas and water cannon during a demonstration on December 22, 2013 in the Asian side of Istanbul. The Istanbul City Demonstration, which was planned to denounce the governments mega construction projects that have threatened green areas of the city and urban transformation projects accused of causing social destruction, turned into a mass meeting of people to protest recently corruption allegations into four Cabinet members, their relatives, a mayor and a number of businessmen. (AFP/Getty Images)
Corruption probe leads to clashes in Turkey
A Turkish policeman fires tear gas during a demonstration on December 22, 2013 in the Asian side of Istanbul. Turkey's prime minister threw down the gauntlet to his rivals on Sunday, warning he will 'break their hands' if they use allegations of high-level corruption to undermine his rule. His heated remarks came as riot police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse thousands of anti-government demonstrators in Istanbul calling for the government's resignation. (AFP/Getty Images)
Corruption probe leads to clashes in Turkey
A man wearing a gas mask looks on as protesters clash with Turkish police during a demonstration on December 22, 2013 in the Asian side of Istanbul. Turkey's prime minister threw down the gauntlet to his rivals on Sunday, warning he will 'break their hands' if they use allegations of high-level corruption to undermine his rule. His heated remarks came as riot police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse thousands of anti-government demonstrators in Istanbul calling for the government's resignation. (AFP/Getty Images)