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Protests Rock Istanbul

Turkish towns and cities were rocked in late May and early June by street violence in some of the biggest antigovernment protests to hit the country in years. The unrest was sparked by government plans to develop a park near Istanbul's Taksim Square, one of the city's few remaining green areas, but widened into a broader protest against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party. Abbas Atilay, a photojournalist with RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service, sent us these images from Istanbul. (12 PHOTOS)