Tayyip Erdogan

A protestor flashes V sign in front of burning excavations during a clash with Turkish riot police at Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, 11 June 2013. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan  defended the police's latest show of force against demonstrators, as numerous arrests and injuries were reported in Turkey on 11 June after police and anti-government protesters clashed anew across Istanbul and authorities deployed tear gas, water cannon and armoured vehicles to clear demonstrators. In Istanbul's Taksim Square, which has become the centre of the anti-government protests, police moved in from the city's Besiktas district in the early morning, when only a few thousand demonstrators remained on the square after more than a week of occupation. Anti-government protests started there as a demonstration against a building project in the square's Gezi Park but have since grown into widespread condemnation of the government's conservative policies.

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A protester stands defiantly in front of burning wreckage during a clash with Turkish riot police at Taksim Square in Istanbul on Tuesday evening. 

A protester sleeps at a bus stop sprayed with graffiti at Taksim Square in Istanbul...A protester sleeps at a bus stop sprayed with graffiti at Taksim Square in Istanbul June 4, 2013. Pockets of protesters clashed with Turkish riot police overnight and a union federation began a two-day strike on Tuesday as anti-government demonstrations in which two people have died stretched into a fifth day. Hundreds of police and protesters have been injured since Friday, when a demonstration to halt construction in a park in an Istanbul square grew into mass protests against a heavy-handed police crackdown and what opponents call Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's authoritarian policies.  REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov (TURKEY - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS)

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A protester sleeps at a bus stop sprayed with graffiti at Taksim Square in Istanbul on Tuesday. Pockets of protesters clashed with Turkish riot police overnight and a union federation began a two-day strike on Tuesday as anti-government demonstrations in which two people have died stretched into a fifth day. Hundreds of police and protesters have been injured since Friday, when a demonstration to halt construction in a park in an Istanbul square grew into mass protests against a heavy-handed police crackdown and what opponents call Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s authoritarian policies