Nightly News   |  June 09, 2013

Unrest continues in Turkey

Riot police used tear gas and water cannons to combat protesters on the tenth straight day of Turkish unrest, NBC’s Richard Engel reports.

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>>> in turkey, a tenth straight day of unrest as riot police use te teargas and water cannons demanding new elections.

>> reporter: it is the biggest protest movement against prime minister erdowan in his decades ruling turkey. tens of thousands in istanbul alone. the protests were triggered by plans to bulldoze a park. but when police moved in this force, protests grew way beyond the dispute over urban planning . protesters here say erdowan is trying to overturn 90 years of secular government in this country. it is a demonstration about the very nature of turkey and a rejection of erdowan's vision after islamic democracy . turkey's tradition is embodied by the founder after the republic after world war i. his portrait still hangs in nearly every store. it is on all of the currency. but erdowan has been brig change, banning sales of alcohol at night, encouraging women to have large families, challenging abortion rights . the protesters said enough is enough. but erdowan has his supporters, too. he was, after all, elected three times and, under him, turkey's economy has boomd with building everywhere. new bridges, a new airport. erdowan supporters today demonstrated in ankara, sticking with the man critics are calling turkey's new sultan. richard engel , nbc news, istanbul.