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Outcry against development snowballs into widespread protest against the Turkish government

Protestors clash with Turkish riot police in Istanbul, June 3, 2013, during a demonstration against the demolition of a park. Turkish police began pulling out of Istanbul's iconic Taksim Square after a second day of violent clashes between protesters and police over a controversial development project.
Protestors clash with Turkish riot police in Istanbul, June 3, 2013, during a demonstration against the demolition of a park. Turkish police began pulling out of Istanbul's iconic Taksim Square after a second day of violent clashes between protesters and police over a controversial development project.Bulent Kilic / AFP - Getty Images

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In Istanbul, hundreds of young men and women gathered on İstiklal Avenue, one of the city's main streets, early Monday. The crowds, which clapped and whistled as they headed toward the city's main Taksim Square, were smaller than those seen over the weekend.

The recent unrest in Turkey broke out when trees were torn down at a park in Taksim as part of government plans to develop the area.  The demonstrations have broadened into a show of defiance against the Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP).

Men try to stop a police car from burning at Taksim Square in Istanbul, June 3, during protests against the Islamic-rooted government. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday rejected talk of a
Men try to stop a police car from burning at Taksim Square in Istanbul, June 3, during protests against the Islamic-rooted government. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday rejected talk of aOzan Kose / AFP - Getty Images

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