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Police fire teargas, water cannon at Istanbul protesters
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Protestors throw stones as riot police use tear gas and water cannon during a demonstration on December 22, 2013 in the Asian side of Istanbul. AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSE
Protestors throw stones as riot police use tear gas and water cannon during a demonstration on December 22, 2013 in the Asian side of Istanbul. AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSE
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ANKARA: Police fired water cannon and teargas at protesters marching in Istanbul on Sunday against the Turkish government's urbanization plans and a corruption investigation in which scores of people, including the sons of ministers, have been arrested.

Hundreds of protesters gathered in a square in Istanbul's Kadikoy district, holding banners calling Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's government to resign, Turkey's Dogan News agency reported.

Erdogan has denounced the corruption inquiry as the work of "dark alliances" and has vowed to expose those involved. In a crackdown on the police command, he has already removed dozens of police chiefs from their duties.

 
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