Many injured as police enter Taksim Square to ‘clear banners’

Riot police entered Taksim Square, where Gezi Park protests are continuing, around 7.30 a.m

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The Taksim Solidarity Platform, an initiative organized to prevent a development project in Istanbul?s Taksim Gezi Park
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Announcing that they wished to clean the posters from Taksim Square and the Ataturk Cultural Center, the police raided the area again this morning, this time using rubber bullets fired point blank at protesters  (a Star reporter tweeted that he was shot in the chest by a policeman who looked him right in the eye and clearly saw his press insignia) as well as water cannon, clubs and tear gas. Ankara also has seen continual harsh treatment of protesters. Dozens of lawyers who were helping arrested protesters were themselves arrested and hauled off.

 

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A recent online poll conducted by Istanbul Bilgi University academics Esra Ercan Bilgic and Zehra Kafkasli among the occupiers of the Gezi Park revealed that only 56.2 percent of them cite cutting down of trees as one of the definite causes of the

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