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Turkish police fire tear gas to break up protest: witness

People demonstrate against new Internet controls approved by the Turkish Parliament in Ankara on February 22, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ADEM ALTAN

ANKARA: Turkish riot police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse several hundred people protesting against the government at an Ankara university on Tuesday ahead of the opening of a highway in the city.

"Government resign", "Thief Tayyip Erdogan", the crowd of mainly students chanted on a road within the university campus where they set up a makeshift barricade.

Earlier, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan accused political rivals of shameless fabrication of a telephone tap of him telling his son to dispose of large sums of money on the day police raided houses in a graft inquiry into his government.

 

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