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Anti-government protesters and police clash again in Istanbul

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Anti-government protesters in a number of Turkish cities were dispersed by riot police using tear gas and water cannons on Monday, as demonstrations occurred across the country, according to media reports.

The focal point of the demonstrations, Istanbul's Kadikoy district, was set on fire by protesters, reported the local NTV television.

Several thousand people gathered in Kadikoy for open-air concerts and, according to the Dogan press agency, around a dozen people were detained by police.

One of those detained was a journalist with the IMC oppositional television channel, according to an Agence France-Presse photographer.

Clashes also took place in Ankara, according to Dogan, and in Antakya, where the death of a demonstrator, Ahmet Atakan, a week ago in clashes with police had sparked the resurgence of unrest throughout Turkey.

The 22-year-old's family claims he was killed by by police, which is denied by the government.

According to the latest counts, at least six people have died in protests since demonstrations against the government of began in June as a result of the increasingly authoritarian rule of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

(With AFP)