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Turks clash with police on anniversary of anti-Erdogan ‘Gezi’ protests

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By Umit Bektas ISTANBUL (Reuters) -Turkish police clashed with protesters around Istanbul’s main Taksim Square on Tuesday and 170 people were detained as they gathered to mark the anniversary of nationwide anti-government demonstrations that began nine years ago in nearby Gezi Park. The 2013 demonstrations were the biggest popular challenge to then-Premier Tayyip Erdogan’s rule. Erdogan, who is now president, has equated the protesters with Kurdish militants and those accused of orchestrating a coup attempt in 2016. A Turkish court sentenced eight people to jail last month, including philanthr…

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