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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Turkish protesters clash with riot police at the city's main Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, Saturday, June 1, 2013. Turkish police retreated from a main Istanbul square Saturday, removing barricades and allowing in thousands of protesters in a move to calm tensions after furious anti-government protests turned the city center into a battlefield. A second day of national protests over a violent police raid of an anti-development sit-in in Taksim square has revealed the depths of anger against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who many Turks view as increasingly authoritarian and dismissive of opposing views.(AP Photo)

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