HuffingtonPost – Berza Simsek And Suzan Fraser – Police Disperse Taksim Square Protesters With Tear Gas After Governor Warns Demonstrations Are Illegal – 6 July 2013

Turkish_Flag1ISTANBUL — Turkish police fired volleys of tear gas at protesters who tried to enter a cordoned-off park near Istanbul’s landmark Taksim Square on Saturday, hours after the city’s governor warned the demonstration was illegal and participants would be dispersed.

A few thousand people converged on the square, with the aim of entering Gezi Park, whose redevelopment plans sparked anger and morphed into nationwide anti-government protests in June. Organizers had planned to serve notice to authorities of a court decision that has annulled redevelopment plans for Taksim and break through police cordons.

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