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Riot Police Retake Istanbul's Taksim Square

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Early this morning, Turkish riot police stormed Taksim Square, the center of recent anti-government protests in Istanbul, firing tear gas and rubber bullets at firework-hurling demonstrators, pushing many of the protesters who had occupied the square for more than a week into a nearby park. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said today he had "no more tolerance" for the mass anti-government demonstrations that have engulfed the country and killed three protesters and one police officer. [40 photos]

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A protester tries to remain standing as police use a water cannon during clashes at Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, on June 11, 2013. Hundreds of police in riot gear forced their way through barricades in the square early Tuesday, pushing many of the protesters who had occupied the square for more than a week into a nearby park. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
A protester tries to remain standing as police use a water cannon during clashes at Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, on June 11, 2013. Hundreds of police in riot gear forced their way through barricades in the square early Tuesday, pushing many of the protesters who had occupied the square for more than a week into a nearby park. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Riot police officers gather on June 10, 2013. Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has agreed to meet on Wednesday with leaders of the movement whose peaceful protests in Istanbul spiraled into a wave of anti-government demonstrations across Turkey. (Reuters/Dado Ruvic) #
Protesters run from a police water cannon during clashes in Istanbul's Taksim Square, on June 11, 2013. Riot police fired tear gas and water cannon at hundreds of protesters armed with rocks and fireworks on Tuesday as they tried to take back control of a central Istanbul square at the heart of fierce anti-government demonstrations. (Reuters/Osman Orsal) #
Riot police fire tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters in Taksim square, the epicenter of nearly two weeks of anti-government demos, on June 11, 2013. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images) #
Riot police clash with a crowd during a demonstration near Taksim Square on June 11, 2013. (Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images) #
A police operation uses a water cannon against protesters at Taksim Square in Istanbul, on June 11, 2013.(AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis) #
A protester throws a Molotov cocktail during clashes with riot police in Istanbul's Taksim Square, on June 11, 2013. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images) #
A protester takes cover after throwing a Molotov cocktail at a water cannon in Taksim square, on June 11, 2013. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images) #
Riot policemen take cover behind their shields amid tear gas smoke during clashes in Taksim Square, on June 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis) #
Riot police use water cannons and tear gas to disperse the crowd during a demonstration near Taksim Square, on June 11, 2013. (Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images) #
A protester catches fire after he tried to throw a petrol bomb at riot police in Taksim Square, on June 11, 2013. (Reuters/Murad Sezer) #
A protester wearing a gas mask holds a box of fireworks during clashes against riot police in Taksim Square, on June 11, 2013. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images) #
A protester falls after being hit by a water cannon, as others take cover behind a makeshift shelter, during clashes in Taksim Square, on June 11, 2013. (Reuters/Yannis Behrakis) #
Protesters take cover behind a barricade as fireworks go off nearby in Taksim Square, on June 11, 2013. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images) #
A protester throws a petrol bomb at riot police in Taksim Square, on June 11, 2013. (Reuters/Murad Sezer) #
Turkish riot police enter Istanbul's Taksim Square on June 11, 2013, on a 12th day of unrest. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images) #
A protester wearing a gas mask, throws a tear gas canister back toward riot police in Taksim Square, on June 11, 2013. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images) #
The Greek Orthodox Church of Hagia Triada, framed by a burning barricade during clashes in Istanbul's Taksim Square, on June 11, 2013. (Reuters/Yannis Behrakis) #
A protester uses an improvised catapult to throw stones at riot police inTaksim Square, on June 11, 2013. (Reuters/Murad Sezer) #
Police take cover behind shields during an operation in Taksim Square, on June 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis) #
A demonstrator throws a molotov cocktail near Taksim Square, early on June 11, 2013 as demonstrators and riot police clashed. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images) #
A protester launches fireworks during clashes against riot police in Taksim Square, on June 11, 2013. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images) #
Turkish riot police fire tear gas at demonstrators in Taksim Square, on June 11, 2013. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images) #
A demonstrator winds up to throw a molotov cocktail in Taksim Square, on June 11, 2013. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images) #
A petrol bomb explodes in front of riot policemen in Taksim Square in Istanbul, on June 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis) #
Turkish riot policemen are hit by petrol bombs during a protest in Taksim Square, on June 11, 2013. (Reuters/Cevahir Bugu) #
Demonstrators wearing gas masks take cover during clashes between riot police and demonstrators in Taksim Square, on June 11, 2013. (Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP/Getty Images) #
Protesters carry another affected by tear gas during clashes in Taksim Square, on June 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis) #
A protester helps another to climb in Gezi Park during clashes on June 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis) #
A crowd control vehicle catches fire during a protest in Taksim Square, on June 11, 2013. (Reuters/Murad Sezer) #
A demonstrator's clothes catch fire during clashes with riot police in Taksim Square, on June 11, 2013. (Oren Ziv/AFP/Getty Images) #
Riot police fire tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters in Istanbul's Taksim Square, on June 11, 2013. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images) #
A demonstrator aims a slingshot toward police in Taksim Square, on June 11, 2013. (Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP/Getty Images) #
A Turkish riot policeman pushes a photographer in Taksim Square, on June 11, 2013. Turkish riot police fired tear gas and water cannon at hundreds of protesters armed with rocks and fireworks on Tuesday as they tried to take back control of a central Istanbul square at the heart of fierce anti-government demonstrations. (Reuters/Murad Sezer) #
Protesters react after an explosion on a barricade during clashes in Taksim Square, on June 11, 2013. (Reuters/Yannis Behrakis) #
A police officer fires rubber bullets at protesters who takes cover behind a metal barrier, with graffiti that reads "GTA V Istanbul City", during clashes in Taksim Square, on June 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis) #
A protester places himself under the wheel of a police crowd control vehicle as others try to pull out him during a police operation to evacuate Taksim Square, on June 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis) #
A protester throws a petrol bomb towards riot policemen in Taksim Square, on June 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis) #
A bulldozer removes a barricade during a police operation to evacuate Taksim Square on June 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis) #
A protester wipes his eyes as he passes a burning vehicle during a protest in Istanbul's Taksim Square, on June 11, 2013. (Reuters/Murad Sezer) #

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