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Outcry against development snowballs into widespread protest against the Turkish government

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Protestors clash with Turkish riot police in Istanbul, June 3, 2013, during a demonstration against the demolition of a park. Turkish police began pulling out of Istanbul's iconic Taksim Square after a second day of violent clashes between protesters and police over a controversial development project.

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In Istanbul, hundreds of young men and women gathered on ─░stiklal Avenue, one of the city's main streets, early Monday. The crowds, which clapped and whistled as they headed toward the city's main Taksim Square, were smaller than those seen over the weekend.

The recent unrest in Turkey broke out when trees were torn down at a park in Taksim as part of government plans to develop the area.  The demonstrations have broadened into a show of defiance against the Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP).

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Men try to stop a police car from burning at Taksim Square in Istanbul, June 3, during protests against the Islamic-rooted government. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday rejected talk of a "Turkish Spring", shrugging off mass protests against his government.

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Protests that started as an outcry against a local development project in Taksim Square have snowballed into widespread anger against what critics say is the government's increasingly conservative and authoritarian agenda.

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