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Riot Police Fire Water Cannons at Protesters in Turkey

Image: Media members run as riot police use water cannons to disperse protesters outside the Supreme Electoral Council (YSK) in Ankara
Members of the media run as riot police use water cannons to disperse protesters outside the Supreme Electoral Council (YSK) in Ankara on April 1. Reuters

Riot police fired water cannons in the Turkish capital on Tuesday to disperse thousands of people protesting outside the Supreme Electoral Council (YSK) against local election results which saw the ruling party dominate the electoral map. Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's Islamist-rooted AK Party kept control of the two biggest cities, Istanbul and Ankara, and increased its share of the national vote in Sunday's elections, despite a corruption scandal dogging his government. The opposition has said it will contest some of the results.

Image: Riot police use water cannons to disperse protesters outside the Supreme Electoral Council (YSK) in Ankara
Riot police use water cannons to disperse protesters outside the Supreme Electoral Council (YSK) in Ankara on April 1. Reuters
Image: Turkish riot police use water cannon to disperse protesters outside the Supreme Electoral Council (YSK) in Ankara
Turkish riot police use water cannon to disperse protesters outside the Supreme Electoral Council (YSK) in Ankara on April 1. About 2,000 supporters of the main secular opposition party had massed outside the elections authority in the capital Ankara, chanting "Thief Tayyip!" and "Ankara, don't sleep. Stand up for your vote!" ADEM ALTAN / AFP - Getty Images