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A Week of Furious Protest in Turkey

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Demonstrators across Turkey took to the streets again this morning, continuing a week of unprecedented protest against what they see as Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's authoritarian rule, police brutality, and the destruction of Istanbul's Taksim Park for the sake of a development project. More than 4,300 people have been wounded so far in a dozen cities, and at least two have died. Members of the Turkish government offered apologies for excessive use of police force, but Erdogan remained dismissive and defiant, insisting he will continue with the planned development of Taksim Park. Collected here are scenes from Turkey over the past few days, as tens of thousands remain in the streets, and the government shows no sign of making concessions. [42 photos]

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A couple wearing gas masks walk in a street between Taksim and Besiktas in Istanbul, Turkey, on June 4, 2013 during an anti-government demonstration. What started as an outcry against a local development project has snowballed into widespread anger against what critics say is the government's increasingly conservative and authoritarian agenda. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images)
A couple wearing gas masks walk in a street between Taksim and Besiktas in Istanbul, Turkey, on June 4, 2013 during an anti-government demonstration. What started as an outcry against a local development project has snowballed into widespread anger against what critics say is the government's increasingly conservative and authoritarian agenda. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images)
A protester waves the Turkish flag from a roof top at Taksim square on June 3, 2013 in Istanbul. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images) #
Demonstrators clash with riot police between Taksim and Besiktas in Istanbul, on June 4, 2013. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images) #
Riot police walk past a burning barricade during clashes with anti-government protesters in Ankara, early on June 5, 2013. (Reuters/Umit Bektas) #
Riot police fire tear gas toward demonstrators in Istanbul, on June 4, 2013. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images) #
A protester runs away from tear gas during clashes with Turkish riot policemen between Taksim and Besiktas in Istanbul, on June 3, 2013. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images) #
Protestors carry another who sustained a head injury from a gas canister. Barbaros Kayan) #
A protester escapes from the action in a treed area, moving slowly due to difficulty breathing in a mask. Barbaros Kayan) #
Hundreds of police advance to Dolmabahce from Darphane, forcing demonstrators to take refuge in apartment buildings. Barbaros Kayan) #
A man standing on the roof of Ataturk Cultural center looks at protesters gathered at Taksim square in Istanbul, on June 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis) #
Protesters sleep near tents in Gezi Park near Taksim Square in Istanbul, on June 6, 2013. (Reuters/Stoyan Nenov) #
A man walks past damaged buses near Istanbul's Taksim Square, on June 6, 2013. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images) #
Anti-government protesters march during a demonstration in Ankara, on June 5, 2013. (Reuters/Umit Bektas) #
Protesters raise their hands as they shout slogans during a protest at Taksim Square in Istanbul, on June 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis) #
Protesters shout anti-government slogans during a demonstration in Taksim Square, on June 3, 2013. (Reuters/Osman Orsal) #
Riot police move into position around the Prime Minister's office in Ankara, on June 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici) #
Protesters spend their afternoon in Gezi Park in Taksim Square, on June 4, 2013. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images) #
Protesters practice yoga in Gezi park, on Thursday, June 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis) #
A whirling dervish holding a gas mask performs in Taksim square, on June 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis) #
Anti-government protesters demonstrate in Taksim Square, on June 5, 2013. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images) #
A newly married couple pose for their wedding picture at Istiklal street near Taksim square in Istanbul, on June 2, 2013. (Reuters/Deniz Celik) #
Riot police use a water cannon to disperse protesters in Ankara, on June 5, 2013. (AP Photo) #
A police officer helps a woman during an anti-government protest in Istanbul, on June 3, 2013. (Reuters/Stoyan Nenov) #
An anti-government protester has his face covered by cling wrap, which they use as a makeshift tear gas mask, during clashes in Ankara, on June 3, 2013. (Reuters/Umit Bektas) #
A riot police officer fires tear gas at protesters during a demonstration in Ankara, on June 3, 2013. (Reuters/Umit Bektas) #
Police use a water cannon against protesters during a demonstration in Ankara, on June 3, 2013. (Reuters/Umit Bektas) #
Anti-government protesters ask for help for their wounded fellow after riot police attacked them during a protest in Ankara, on June 5, 2013. (Reuters/Umit Bektas) #
Anti-government protesters try to protect themselves from a water cannon as riot police disperse them during a protest in Ankara, on June 5, 2013. (Reuters/Umit Bektas) #
A man looks on as anti-government protesters demonstrate in Gezi park in Taksim Square, on June 5, 2013. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images) #
Protesters stand on the roof of a building at sunset in Taksim square, on June 4, 2013. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images) #
Protestors cover their faces with plastic during clashes with Turkish police near Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office, on June 4, 2013. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images) #
A protestor uses a mobile device to report the latest news about the clashes near Taksim in Istanbul, on June 3, 2013. (Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images) #
Protesters pass along stones for building a barricade during clashes with riot police in Istanbul, on June 3, 2013. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images) #
Turkish riot policemen unload tear gas canisters during clashes with protesters in Istanbul, on June 3, 2013. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images) #
Anti-government protesters demonstrate in central Ankara June 3, 2013. (Reuters/Umit Bektas) #
A protester gestures towards riot police after they fired tear gas in front of a barricade in Istanbul, on June 4, 2013. (Reuters/Stoyan Nenov) #
A Turkish riot police officer fires tear gas during clashes with protestors in Istanbul, on June 3, 2013. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images) #
Protestors clash with Turkish riot policemen in Istanbul, on June 3, 2013. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images) #
A detained demonstrator in Istanbul, on June 4, 2013. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images) #
A protester watches another throw a stone at police during clashes near Taksim square, on June 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis) #
A medical team treats a protestor overcome by tear gas during clashes with Turkish police near Prime Minister Erdogan's offices, on June 4, 2013. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images) #
A protester gestures during clashes with Turkish police in Istanbul, on June 4, 2013. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images) #

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