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Turkey's PM Erdogan warns against May Day protests in Taksim Square

By Gulsen Solaker ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday he would not let unions stage a May Day rally in Istanbul's Taksim Square, where huge protests took place last year, in an announcement that may set the scene for fresh clashes there. The government has suggested next week's traditional gathering should take place at a special venue on the outskirts of Istanbul, rather than in the city center, but unions have rejected that idea.

Turkey PM bans May Day rallies on Taksim Square

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday he would not allow May Day gatherings on Istanbul's Taksim Square, the scene of protests that have dogged the government for months. A similar decision in May last year to ban the use of the square -- a traditional and symbolic rallying point -- led to violent clashes between police and protesters which were followed by a wave of nationwide anti-government demonstrations in June.

Turkish police fire water cannon on Istanbul protesters

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish police fired water cannon to push back thousands of demonstrators close to Istanbul's central Taksim square on Wednesday during a protest triggered by the death of a teenager wounded in street clashes last summer. The protesters in the Osmanbey district were among tens of thousands of mourners who marched through the city for the funeral of the 15-year-old boy, Berkin Elvan, who died on Tuesday after spending nine months in a coma. (Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Nick Tattersall and Gareth Jones)

Turkish police fire water cannon on Istanbul protesters

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish police fired water cannon to push back thousands of demonstrators close to Istanbul's central Taksim square on Wednesday during a protest triggered by the death of a teenager wounded in street clashes last summer. The protesters in the Osmanbey district were among tens of thousands of mourners who marched through the city for the funeral of the 15-year-old boy, Berkin Elvan, who died on Tuesday after spending nine months in a coma. (Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Nick Tattersall and Gareth Jones)

Second day of anti-corruption protests in Turkey

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Turkey's two main cities for the second consecutive day on Wednesday in protest against Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government after corruption allegations against the prime minister surfaced. Demonstrators gathered in Istanbul's central Taksim Square as well as in central Ankara. It followed protests the previous day in six Turkish cities -- Istanbul, Ankara, Trabzon, Sakarya, Izmir and Eskisehir.

Football: Chelsea fans hurt in Istanbul violence - club

Chelsea on Wednesday confirmed that two of their supporters were attacked in Istanbul on the eve of the English club's Champions League last 16, first leg against Galatasaray. "Chelsea Football Club is aware of two incidents involving fans in the city last night. The club is working with all relevant agencies, including the police and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, to best ensure the safety of all supporters," read a statement on their website.

Turkish protesters clash with police in protest of Internet legislation

ISTANBUL - Turkish riot police fired water cannons and tear gas at hundreds of demonstrators who tried to march to Istanbul's main square to protest legislation which critics say will tighten government controls over the Internet. Demonstrators hurled firecrackers and stones Saturday at police officers who cordoned off Taksim Square. Many also denounced a corruption scandal involving former Cabinet ministers and called on the government to resign.

Passenger beating sparks Turkey metro demos

Around 1,000 protesters flooded an Istanbul metro station on Tuesday after a young homeless man was reportedly beaten by a security guard when he tried to board without paying. The demonstration flared into a broader protest against the government, which has been battling a damaging political crisis sparked by a corruption probe. In the capital Ankara, riot police confronted hundreds of demonstrators who staged a similar protest at a metro station, leaving one person injured, local media said.

Passenger beating sparks demo in Istanbul metro

Around 1,000 protesters flooded an Istanbul metro station on Tuesday after a young homeless man was reportedly beaten by a security guard when he tried to board without paying. The demonstration flared into a broader protest against the government, which has been battling a damaging political crisis sparked by a corruption probe. "The people's rage will burn down the government," the demonstrators chanted after jumping the turnstiles in the metro at Istanbul's Taksim Square.

Turkish man's death sparks angry protests in Istanbul

Turkish police fired tear gas and plastic bullets at thousands of people who gathered in Istanbul Tuesday to protest the death of a 22-year-old demonstrator in southern Turkey. Between 2,000 and 3,000 people rallied on the outskirts of Taksim Square, scene of unprecedented mass anti-government protests in June, and shouted slogans including "Taksim will be the graveyard of fascism", an AFP journalist witnessed. Police prevented the protesters from entering the square, before pushing them back using tear gas and plastic bullets.
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