Report: Turkish police withdrawing from Taksim Square

June 1, 2013 18:01

Turkish police withdrew from Taksim Square in Istanbul on Saturday after two days of clashes with anti-government protesters, allowing thousands of demonstrators to enter the square.

Some 1,000 people were reported injured in clashes that started on Friday, after the Turkish government announced plans for a replica Ottoman-era barracks housing shops or apartments in Istanbul's Taksim Square, long a venue for political protest, but has widened into a broader show of defiance against Erdogan and his Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP).

Reuters contributed to this report.

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