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Istanbul Antigovernment Protests (June 4-5)

Protesters clashed with police across Turkey overnight despite an apology for police violence from the deputy prime minister designed to halt an unprecedented wave of protests against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Hundreds of police and protesters have been injured in the riots since May 31, which began with a demonstration to halt construction in a park in an Istanbul square and grew into mass protests against what opponents call Erdogan's authoritarianism.

People walk past a poster depicting Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan that has been pasted by demonstrators on Taksim Square in Istanbul on June 5.
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People walk past a poster depicting Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan that has been pasted by demonstrators on Taksim Square in Istanbul on June 5.

An antigovernment protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask walks past a burnt public bus used as a barricade on Taksim Square in Istanbul on June 5.
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An antigovernment protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask walks past a burnt public bus used as a barricade on Taksim Square in Istanbul on June 5.

People sit near a poster portraying Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as Nazi leader Adolf Hitler in Istanbul on June 5.
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People sit near a poster portraying Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as Nazi leader Adolf Hitler in Istanbul on June 5.

A road sign thrown on barricades during clashes between police and protesters near Istanbul's Taksim Square on June 5.
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A road sign thrown on barricades during clashes between police and protesters near Istanbul's Taksim Square on June 5.

Protesters throw fireworks at police during clashes near Istanbul's Taksim Square on June 5.
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Protesters throw fireworks at police during clashes near Istanbul's Taksim Square on June 5.

A riot police water cannon sprays demonstrators during clashes in Istanbul on June 4.
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A riot police water cannon sprays demonstrators during clashes in Istanbul on June 4.

A protester gestures towards riot police after they fired tear gas in front of a barricade in Istanbul on June 4.
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A protester gestures towards riot police after they fired tear gas in front of a barricade in Istanbul on June 4.

Antigovernment protesters stand on a barricade during a demonstration in Istanbul on June 4.
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Antigovernment protesters stand on a barricade during a demonstration in Istanbul on June 4.

An antigovernment protester runs away from a burning container on Istanbul's Taksim Square on June 4.
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An antigovernment protester runs away from a burning container on Istanbul's Taksim Square on June 4.

A Besiktas soccer fan uses his team's scarf as a mask while sitting in a damaged bus on Taksim Square in central Istanbul on June 4.
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A Besiktas soccer fan uses his team's scarf as a mask while sitting in a damaged bus on Taksim Square in central Istanbul on June 4.

An antigovernment protester shouts in front of a burning container on Istanbul's Taksim Square on June 4.
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An antigovernment protester shouts in front of a burning container on Istanbul's Taksim Square on June 4.

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