Turkish riot police use tear gas, water cannons to clear Taksim Square
NBC News: Thousands of people gathered in the streets of Istanbul, Turkey, on Saturday after Turkish police stormed Gezi Park spraying tear gas and water cannons at hundreds of protesters.
Using armored police cars, fire trucks and sanitation vehicles, authorities cleared the park after two weeks of protests against Prime Minister Erdogan. As protesters fled into a nearby hotel, clouds of tear gas followed.
Witnesses said an untold number of people were hurt in the raid.
The protests were initially in response to the government’s plan to redevelop Taksim Square and remove the park, however quickly turned to focus on broader discontent about Erdogan’s government.
Erdogan plans to respond to protesters in a pro-government rally in the square on Sunday.
Photo: Protesters clash with riot police at Taksim square in Istanbul, Turkey. Turkish riot police are firing water cannons and tear gas at protesters in Istanbul’s Gezi Park, witnesses said, hours after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to remove them from the disputed public space by force. (Tolga Bozoglu / EPA)