ISTANBUL - Hundreds of Turkish riot police gathered on
Tuesday on a major avenue leading up to Istanbul's Taksim Square where
protesters have been staging demonstrations against plans to redevelop a park, a
Reuters witness said.
Broadcaster NTV and other media outlets said the
police were preparing to remove barricades which have been erected by the
demonstrators in the area around Taksim Square, which has been the seen of
violent clashes between police and protesters.