Report: Turkish police detain protesters suspected of violence

A protester holds a sign as Israelis and Turks demonstrate against the Turkish regime outside the Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv on June 2, 2013. Turkish police fired tear gas at protesters in Ankara while thousands of people occupied Istanbul's main Taksim Square on the third day of mass demonstrations against Turkey's Islamist-rooted government.</p>

A protester holds a sign as Israelis and Turks demonstrate against the Turkish regime outside the Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv on June 2, 2013. Turkish police fired tear gas at protesters in Ankara while thousands of people occupied Istanbul's main Taksim Square on the third day of mass demonstrations against Turkey's Islamist-rooted government.

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish news reports say police are carrying out raids and detaining people suspected of involvement in violence against police during a wave of anti-government protests.

NTV television says the raids in Ankara and Istanbul are targeting left-wing groups, which authorities suspect were involved in violent clashes with police.

Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency said at least 25 people were detained in Ankara and many others in Istanbul.

Earlier, police detained a dozen people who stood still at Istanbul's Taksim Square in a form of passive defiance against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's authority after activists were ousted from a sit-in at a park over the weekend.

A wave of anti-government protest swept through Turkey starting May 31 that have shaken the country's secular democracy.