Photo Gallery: Thousands protesting government in Turkey

POSTED: 10:12 PM PDT Jun 01, 2013    UPDATED: 10:24 PM PDT Jun 01, 2013 

Public anger has flared among urban and secular Turks after police violently broke up an anti-development sit-in in the landmark Taksim Square.

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Riot police on the scene where demonstrators were staging a sit-in to prevent the uprooting of trees at an Istanbul park, in Ankara, Turkey, early Saturday, June 1, 2013. Turkey's government on Saturday appeared to be trying to placate demonstrators on the second day of anti-government demonstrations, even as police let off more tear gas and pressurized water against protesters trying to reach a main square in Istanbul or the Parliament building in the capital, Ankara. The protests grew out of anger at heavy-handed police tactics to break up a peaceful sit-in by people trying to protect a park in Istanbul's main Taksim square on Friday. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

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