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People in Istanbul are continuing their against their government's decision to the city's Gezi Park into a shopping mall. The has spread to the Turkish capital Ankara and 90 other places across the country, in what is seen as with the of Prime Minister Recep Erdogan. More than 1,000 people have been arrested and dozens injured. The government has come under for its heavy-handed to the protestors. It has now ordered security forces to leave Istanbul's Taksim Square. Mr Erdogan that police had made "mistakes" in the amount of they used, but emphasized that the square, "cannot be an area where extremists are wild".

Protesters have been their “Occupy Gezi Park” protest since May 26. They want to prevent the of one of the few green areas in central Istanbul. Journalist Murat Yetkin said the increasing and "" police response "has managed to turn a and modest protest into a public protest movement". Oral Goktas, a 31-year old architect, said: "This has become a protest against the government, against Erdogan taking decisions like a ." Opposition party Kemal Kilicdaroglu accused Erdogan of behaving like a dictator, saying: "Tens of are saying no. They are opposing the dictator." Erdogan that the redevelopment of the park would go as planned.

 


 
 

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