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June 11, 2013
Clashes in Istanbul extend into night in Taksim

ISTANBUL (AP) -- Riot police firing tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets clashed into the early hours of Wednesday with defiant demonstrators occupying Istanbul's central Taksim Square and its adjacent park, in the country's most severe anti-government protests in decades.

The crisis has left Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan looking vulnerable for the first time in his decade in government, and has threatened to tarnish the international image of Turkey, a Muslim majority country with a strongly secular tradition, a burgeoning economy and close ties with the United States.

Thousands of police moved into the square early Tuesday, pushing past improvised barricades set up by the protesters who have swarmed through the massive square and accompanying Gezi Park in their tens of thousands for the past 12 days.

Police fired repeated rounds of tear gas that rose in stinging plumes of acrid smoke from the square in running battles with protesters hurling fireworks, bottles, rocks and firebombs. In a cat-and-mouse game that lasted all day, the police repeatedly cleared the square, only for demonstrators to return.

More than 30,000 converged on the square again as dusk fell and were repelled by water cannon, rubber bullets and tear gas after Istanbul's governor, Huseyin Avni Mutlu, said the police came under attack by "marginal groups."

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Taksim Square is flooded by tear gas as clashes between protesters and riot police continue into the night in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Vadim Ghirda
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Protesters stops a police water cannon as he holds a Turkish national flag during clashes at Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Thanassis Stavrakis
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Journalists surround a protester who stops a police water cannon holding a Turkish national flag during clashes with police at Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Thanassis Stavrakis
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A protester throws a stone with a slingshot during clashes in Taksim square in Istanbul, Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Kostas Tsironis
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A protester uses a slingshot during clashes in Taksim square in Istanbul, Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Kostas Tsironis
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A protester appearing between a truck and a bulldozer throws a stone to riot police during clashes in Taksim square in Istanbul, Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Kostas Tsironis
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A protester throws a stone at police during clashes at Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Thanassis Stavrakis
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A protester gestures to riot policemen as he walks in front of a burning barricade during clashes in Taksim square in Istanbul, Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Kostas Tsironis
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A protester climbs a barricade waving a flag depicting jailed Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan as a van burns during clashes at the Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Vadim Ghirda
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A protester throws a stone during clashes at the Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Vadim Ghirda
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A protester holding a slingshot runs past burning construction vehicles during clashes at the Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Vadim Ghirda
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Protesters react during clashes at the Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Vadim Ghirda
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Police take cover behind shields during an operation at the Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Thanassis Stavrakis
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A petrol bomb explodes in front of riot policemen during clashes in Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Kostas Tsironis
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Riot policemen take cover behind their shields amid tear gas smoke during clashes in Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Kostas Tsironis
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A riot policeman launches a tear gas canister during clashes in Taksim square in Istanbul, Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Kostas Tsironis
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Police officer fires rubber bullets during an operation to evacuate Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Thanassis Stavrakis
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Turkish riot police fire tear gas during clashes at the Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Vadim Ghirda
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Turkish riot police fire tear gas during clashes at the Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Vadim Ghirda
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A riot policeman launches a tear gas canister during clashes in Taksim square in Istanbul, Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Kostas Tsironis
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Police operates during clashes at the Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Thanassis Stavrakis
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Police throw tear gas at protesters during clashes at the Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Thanassis Stavrakis
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Protesters run to avoid the tear gas during clashes at the Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Thanassis Stavrakis
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Police throw tear gas at protesters during clashes at the Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Thanassis Stavrakis
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A protester throws tear gas at police as a bulldozer is on fire during clashes at the Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Thanassis Stavrakis
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A protester throws back to police a tear gas canister during clashes in Taksim square in Istanbul, Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Kostas Tsironis
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A protester throws back a tear gas canister during clashes in Taksim square in Istanbul, Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Kostas Tsironis
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A protesterattempts to pick up a tear gas canister during clashes in Taksim square in Istanbul, Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Kostas Tsironis
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A protester throws back a tear gas canister during clashes in Taksim square in Istanbul, Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Kostas Tsironis
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A protester kicks a canister after riot police flooded the Gazi Park with tear gas during clashes at the Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Vadim Ghirda
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Riot policemen enter Gezi park during clashes in Taksim square in Istanbul, Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Kostas Tsironis
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Protesters react as police evacuates the Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Thanassis Stavrakis
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A couple of protesters run to avoid a policeman during clashes at the Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Thanassis Stavrakis
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A man who had thrown a stone at a protester, centre, runs to avoid being attacked, during clashes the Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Thanassis Stavrakis
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A protester reacts after being detained by police during clashes at the Taksim Square in Istanbul, Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Thanassis Stavrakis
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A protester runs to avoid tear gas as police take cover next to a water cannon during clashes at the Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Thanassis Stavrakis
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A elderly protester hangs from a police water cannon vehicle during clashes at the Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Thanassis Stavrakis
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A protester puts a wood with nails under the wheel of a police water cannon during clashes at the Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Thanassis Stavrakis
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A protester lays under a wheel of a police water cannon as other tries to pull out him during a police operation to evacuate Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Thanassis Stavrakis
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A police operation with water cannon operates against protesters at Taksim Square in Istanbul on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Thanassis Stavrakis
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A police vehicle fires water cannon to extinguish a fire of another vehicle after protesters threw a petrol bomb during a police operation to evacuate Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Thanassis Stavrakis
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Protesters run away to cover from a police water canon during clashes in Taksim square in Istanbul, Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Kostas Tsironis
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A protester runs from the water fired by a police canon during clashes in Taksim square in Istanbul, Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Kostas Tsironis
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A protester tries to remain standing as police water cannon fires water during clashes at the Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Thanassis Stavrakis
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A protester holding a Turkish flag is thrown off his feet by a stream of water from a police water canon during clashes in Taksim square in Istanbul, Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Kostas Tsironis
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Protesters take cover behind a traffic light and a metal fence as police water cannon fires water during clashes at the Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Thanassis Stavrakis
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A protester tries protect himself from water from a police water cannon during clashes in Taksim square in Istanbul, Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Kostas Tsironis
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A protester sits on a chair as others take cover behind an advertising banner during clashes at the Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Thanassis Stavrakis
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A protester takes cover as the traffic light falls down during a police operation with water cannon at the Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Thanassis Stavrakis
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A protester tries to remain standing as police water cannon fires water during clashes at the Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Thanassis Stavrakis
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A protester tries to remain standing as police water cannon fires water during clashes in Taksim square in Istanbul, Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Kostas Tsironis
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Protesters take cover as a police vehicle fires water canon during clashes at the Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Vadim Ghirda
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A protester throws a stone at riot police during clashes in Taksim square in Istanbul, Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Kostas Tsironis
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A protester affected by tear gas is helped by other protesters to a field hospital in Gezi Park in Taksim square in Istanbul, Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Kostas Tsironis
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Protesters carry another protester affected by tear gas during clashes in Taksim square in Istanbul, Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Kostas Tsironis
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A protester affected from tear gas lies in Gezi park during clashes in Taksim square in Istanbul, Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Kostas Tsironis
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A man is evacuated on a stretcher after riot police flooded the Gazi Park with tear gas during clashes at the Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Vadim Ghirda
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A girl is evacuated on a stretcher after riot police flooded the Gazi Park with tear gas during clashes at the Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Vadim Ghirda
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A protester affected by tear gas is helped by other protesters to a field hospital in Gezi Park in Taksim Square in Istanbul, Tuesday June 11, 2013. AP / Kostas Tsironis
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Ambulances stand by to evacuate injured protesters after riot police flooded the Gazi Park with tear gas during clashes at the Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Vadim Ghirda
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A protester records a video with his cellphone in front of a burning barricade during clashes in Taksim square in Istanbul, Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP / Kostas Tsironis

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