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Turkey shuts Istanbul protest park ahead of new anti-government rally

Reuters News
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Posted: Jul 08, 2013 11:08 AM

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Police closed an Istanbul Park at the heart of last month's fierce anti-government protests shortly before a new protest rally against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan was scheduled to take place.

Police cleared people from the park and prevented others from entering, a Reuters witness said. Police gave no reason for Monday's closure.

Riot police expelled protesters from the park last month following a fortnight of frequently violent protests against plans by Erdogan's government to redevelop the area.

(Reporting by Ece Toksabay, Writing by Humeyra Pamuk, Editing by Jon Boyle)