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Turkey police evacuate Istanbul protest park


Turkish riot police stormed an Istanbul park Saturday, firing tear gas to evacuate protesters, just hours after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned the occupation of the park must end, raising tensions in more than two weeks of anti-government unrest.

After using tear gas and water cannon to disperse protesters in Taksim Square, police entered the adjoining Gezi Park, clearing it within minutes and leaving only protesters' empty tents behind, an AFP reporter at the scene said.