A masked man throws a Molotov cocktail as riot police use water cannons and teargas to disperse people who were protesting the Soma mine disaster that killed 301 miners, in Istanbul, Turkey, Thursday, March 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
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Turkish riot police on Thursday fired tear gas and water cannon at demonstrators in Istanbul hurling stones and petrol bombs in the latest in a string of protests fueled by rising anger against the government.Demonstrators responded to the tear gas and water cannon by hurling stones and Molotov cocktails at police and setting fire to an armoured police vehicle, Dogan said.Police also intervened twice when protesters attempted to march toward the hospital where the wounded man was being treated, an AFP photographer witnessed. Protesters clashed with police in several cities after Erdogan played down the incident by comparing it to mining disasters from 19th-century Britain and photographs of one of his aides kicking a protester emerged.
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