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The battle for Turkey in Taksim Square

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A protester holds a portrait of Turkish Republic founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, on the way between Besiktas and Taksim in Istanbul, early on June 6. Thousands of striking workers took to the streets of Turkey's cities, loudly joining calls for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to step down as mass protests against his rule intensified.

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Protesters chant slogans at Taksim Square in Istanbul on June 5 as part of ongoing protests against the ruling party, police brutality, and the destruction of Taksim park for a development project.

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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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