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Turkey protests on Taksim anniversary

Anti-government protesters have clashed with riot police as they marched through Istanbul on the first anniversary of the Taksim Square demonstration. Police fired tear gas to disperse the protestors who have gathered to remember the widespread 2013 demo, calling for the government’s resignation

Turkey protests on Taksim anniversary
Riot police chase protesters on May 31, 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey. Turkish police used tear gas in central Istanbul to disperse protesters seeking to mark the one-year anniversary of one the largest anti-government demonstration in decades. Several hundred people gathered on streets leading to Taksim Square, shouting for the government's resignation, when police fired tear gas at the crowd, which quickly scattered. (Getty Images)
Turkey protests on Taksim anniversary
Riot police chase protesters on May 31, 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey. Turkish police used tear gas in central Istanbul to disperse protesters seeking to mark the one-year anniversary of one the largest anti-government demonstration in decades. Several hundred people gathered on streets leading to Taksim Square, shouting for the government's resignation, when police fired tear gas at the crowd, which quickly scattered. (Getty Images)
Turkey protests on Taksim anniversary
Demonstrators gather around a barricade during clashes with riot police in Ankara on the first anniversary of last year's protests in Istanbul's Taksim square, on May 31, 2014. Turkish police fired tear gas and water cannon at hundreds of people in Istanbul and Ankara on May 31 as demonstrations marking a year since deadly anti-government protests erupted in fresh violence. Police clashed with protesters near Istanbul's iconic Taksim Square, scene of last year's unrest that claimed eight lives and left thousands injured, an AFP reporter on the ground said. (AFP/Getty Images)
Turkey protests on Taksim anniversary
Police use water cannons and teargas to disperse demonstrators in Ankara on the first anniversary of last year's protests in Istanbul's Taksim square, on May 31, 2014. Turkish police fired tear gas and water cannon at hundreds of people in Istanbul and Ankara on May 31 as demonstrations marking a year since deadly anti-government protests erupted in fresh violence. Police clashed with protesters near Istanbul's iconic Taksim Square, scene of last year's unrest that claimed eight lives and left thousands injured, an AFP reporter on the ground said. (AFP/Getty Images)
Turkey protests on Taksim anniversary
Police use water cannons and teargas to disperse demonstrators in Ankara on the first anniversary of last year's protests in Istanbul's Taksim square, on May 31, 2014. Turkish police fired tear gas and water cannon at hundreds of people in Istanbul and Ankara on May 31 as demonstrations marking a year since deadly anti-government protests erupted in fresh violence. Police clashed with protesters near Istanbul's iconic Taksim Square, scene of last year's unrest that claimed eight lives and left thousands injured, an AFP reporter on the ground said. (AFP/Getty Images)
Turkey protests on Taksim anniversary
A woman chants slogans as demonstrators gather on the central Istoklal avenue near Taksim square in Istanbul, on May 31, 2014, as the police blocked access to the square during the one year anniversary of the Gezi park and Taksim square demonstrations. Turkey's combative prime minister warned protesters that police would do 'whatever is necessary' to clamp down on demonstrations today in Istanbul's Taksim Square to mark the anniversary of last year's turmoil. Last year, what started as a small campaign to save the nearby Gezi Park from the bulldozers eventually drew an estimated three million protesters in an outpouring of anger at the perceived authoritarian tendencies of Erdogan's Islamic-rooted government. Eight people died and thousands were injured in the ensuing violence as police launched a brutal crackdown, frequently employing tear gas and water cannons. (AFP/Getty Images)
Turkey protests on Taksim anniversary
Injured protesters lie on the ground as Turkish riot police officers fire tear gas to disperse demonstrators gathered on the central Istoklal avenue near Taksim square in Istanbul, on May 31, 2014, as the police blocked access to the square during the one year anniversary of the Gezi park and Taksim square demonstrations. Turkey's combative prime minister warned protesters that police would do 'whatever is necessary' to clamp down on demonstrations today in Istanbul's Taksim Square to mark the anniversary of last year's turmoil. Last year, what started as a small campaign to save the nearby Gezi Park from the bulldozers eventually drew an estimated three million protesters in an outpouring of anger at the perceived authoritarian tendencies of Erdogan's Islamic-rooted government. Eight people died and thousands were injured in the ensuing violence as police launched a brutal crackdown, frequently employing tear gas and water cannons. (AFP/Getty Images)
Turkey protests on Taksim anniversary
A photographer takes a photo of Turkish riot police officers standing in line as they block access to Taksim square on May 31, 2014, during the one year anniversary of the Gezi park and Taksim square demonstrations. Turkey's combative prime minister warned protesters that police would do 'whatever is necessary' to clamp down on demonstrations today in Istanbul's Taksim Square to mark the anniversary of last year's turmoil. Last year, what started as a small campaign to save the nearby Gezi Park from the bulldozers eventually drew an estimated three million protesters in an outpouring of anger at the perceived authoritarian tendencies of Erdogan's Islamic-rooted government. Eight people died and thousands were injured in the ensuing violence as police launched a brutal crackdown, frequently employing tear gas and water cannons. (AFP/Getty Images)
Turkey protests on Taksim anniversary
Turkish riot police officers detain CNN International correspondent Ivan Watson (Center L) near Taksim square on May 31, 2014, as the police blocked access to the square during the one year anniversary of the Gezi park and Taksim square demonstrations. Turkey's combative prime minister warned protesters that police would do 'whatever is necessary' to clamp down on demonstrations today in Istanbul's Taksim Square to mark the anniversary of last year's turmoil. Last year, what started as a small campaign to save the nearby Gezi Park from the bulldozers eventually drew an estimated three million protesters in an outpouring of anger at the perceived authoritarian tendencies of Erdogan's Islamic-rooted government. Eight people died and thousands were injured in the ensuing violence as police launched a brutal crackdown, frequently employing tear gas and water cannons. (AFP/Getty Images)
Turkey protests on Taksim anniversary
A protestor gestures during an anti-government protest on May 31, 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey. Turkish police used tear gas in central Istanbul to disperse protesters seeking to mark the one-year anniversary of one the largest anti-government demonstration in decades. Several hundred people gathered on streets leading to Taksim Square, shouting for the government's resignation, when police fired tear gas at the crowd, which quickly scattered. (Getty Images)