Angry clashes erupt throughout Turkey

Police fire into air and use tear gas and water cannons on crowds responsible for hurling rocks at PM Tayyip Erdogan's convoy.

June 1, 2011 10:42
Police fire on crowds hurling rocks at PM's convoy

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Protesters on Wednesday unleashed their fury on a convoy carrying Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan who was in the Black Sea town of Hopa for a rally.

Security forces responded to the attacks by firing into the air and used tear gas and water cannons to break up the crowds. Medics tended to a man injured in the scuffles as locals carried a young woman to safety.

Unrest appeared to be a theme throughout the country as anti-government protesters attacked a blockade outside the ruling AKP party's headquarters in Ankara.

Their anger with the AKP was only heightened by news that a fellow demonstrator had suffered a heart attack after inhaling tear gas.

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