Turkey shuts Istanbul protest park ahead of new anti-government rally

Demonstrators shout slogans as they spray water on each other in central Istanbul July 6, 2013. (Reuters)

Police closed an Istanbul Park at the heart of last month’s fierce anti-government protests shortly before a new protest rally against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan was scheduled to take place.

Police cleared people from the park and prevented others from entering, a Reuters witness said. Police gave no reason for Monday’s closure.

Riot police expelled protesters from the park last month following a fortnight of frequently violent protests against plans by Erdogan’s government to redevelop the area.


 

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