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June 6, 2013
Scenes from the Turkey protests

ISTANBUL (AP) -- The protests in Turkey that began over government plans to uproot trees in Istanbul's main square to make way for a shopping mall have entered their seventh day. The protests have grown into something much bigger than protecting trees, drawing on a deep undercurrent of discontent against what many feel is the increasing arrogance of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Though Erdogan insists he is a servant of the country, protests have spread nationwide.

In the frequent, violent clashes that have occurred with police, two people have died, another is on life support, and about 1,000 have been wounded, medical services and rights groups say.

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Turkish protesters clash with riot police at the city's main Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, Saturday, June 1, 2013. AP /
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A street vendor sells masks at Taksim square, Istanbul, Turkey, Thursday, June 6, 2013. AP / Kostas Tsironis
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A protester covered with a red blanket sleeps in front of a cafe as customers chat to each other at the Taksim square in Istanbul on Thursday, June 6, 2013. AP / Thanassis Stavrakis
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A protester sits in a damaged bus at Taksim square of Istanbul, Thursday, June 6, 2013. AP / Kostas Tsironis
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Young boys search a destroyed urban bus at Gezi park of the Taksim square in Istanbul on Thursday, June 6, 2013. AP / Thanassis Stavrakis
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A young girl in a tent reacts as she talks with a friend, unseen, at the Gezi park of Taksim in Istanbul on Thursday, June 6, 2013. AP / Thanassis Stavrakis
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Protesters gather at Taksim square , Istanbul during a protest, Thursday, June 6, 2013. AP / Kostas Tsironis
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A protester throws back a tear gas canister toward riot police stationed on the John F. Kennedy Street, in front of the U. S. embassy in the Turkish capital, Ankara, early Thursday, June 6, 2013. AP / Burhan Ozbilici
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People affected by tear gas as riot police use water cannons and tear gas to disperse protesters in Turkish capital, Ankara, late Wednesday, June 5, 2013. AP /
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Protesters shout slogans during a protest in Taksim square of Istanbul, Wednesday, June 5 2013. AP / Kostas Tsironis
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Riot police use water cannon to disperse protesters in Turkish capital, Ankara, late Wednesday, June 5, 2013. AP /
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In this photo taken late Wednesday, June 5, 2013, a Turkish protester clashes with riot police in Ankara, Turkey. AP /
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Bottles of water are ready for sale outside shops at the Taksim square before another protest in Istanbul, Wednesday, June 5, 2013. AP / Thanassis Stavrakis
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An elderly scrap collector pulls her trolley in front of a Turkish bank in Istanbul, Tuesday, June 4, 2013. AP / Thanassis Stavrakis
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A man sitting on the roof of Ataturk Cultural center looks at protesters gathered at Taksim square in Istanbul, Tuesday, June 4, 2013. AP / Kostas Tsironis
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Protesters light flares and shout slogans during a protest at Taksim square in Istanbul, Tuesday, June 4, 2013. AP / Kostas Tsironis
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A protester holds a Turkish flag decorated with the image of Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, during clashes near Taksim Square in Istanbul, late Monday, June 3, 2013. AP / Kostas Tsironis
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Women affected by tear gas walk in the city center in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, June 3, 2013. AP / Burhan Ozbilici
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A woman reacts to avoid tear gas in the Besiktas area in Istanbul on Monday, June 3, 2013. AP / Thanassis Stavrakis
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Protesters sit on top of a damaged mini bus during a protest at Taksim Square in Istanbul, Monday, June 3, 2013. AP / Kostas Tsironis
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A protester stands atop of a destroyed car during a rally at the Taskim square in Istanbul early Sunday, June 2, 2013. AP / Thanassis Stavrakis
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Protesters gather in front of Dolmabache mosque during the third day of nationwide anti-government protest near the Prime Minister's office at Besiktas area in Istanbul, late Sunday, June 2, 2013. AP / Thanassis Stavrakis
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Young Turks clash with security forces in Ankara, Turkey, Sunday, June 2, 2013. AP / Burhan Ozbilici
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A family observes a destroyed advertising banner after clashes at the Taskim square in Istanbul, Sunday, June 2, 2013. AP / Thanassis Stavrakis
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A street vendor sells umbrellas in front of destroyed police cars at the Taskim square in Istanbul, Sunday, June 2, 2013. AP / Thanassis Stavrakis
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A Turkish protester, right, throws a stone at police vehicle as the protesters clash with security forces in Ankara, Turkey, Saturday, June 1, 2013. AP / Burhan Ozbilici
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In this photo taken late Saturday, June 1, 2013, riot police fire, as they clash with protestors, near the former Ottoman palace, Dolmabahce, where Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan maintains an office in Istanbul, Turkey. AP /
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In this photo taken late Saturday, June 1, 2013, Turkish protesters clash with riot police near the former Ottoman palace, Dolmabahce, where Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan maintains an office in Istanbul, Turkey. AP /
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A man runs through smoke of tear gas fired up by riot police in Istanbul, Turkey, Friday, May 31, 2013. AP /

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