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Turkish Riot Police Clash With Demonstrators

A pedestrian project in a popular Istanbul park spurred demonstrators to stay the night in hopes of convincing construction workers to stop cutting down trees.

Posted on May 28, 2013, at 5:03 p.m. ET

Demonstrators in Istanbul protested against the cutting down of trees in Taksim Square on Tuesday.

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Things eventually escalated.

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And riot police used pepper spray to disperse the crowd.

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The crowd has stayed the night in the park hoping to protect trees that were to be torn down to make way for a pedestrian project, according to Today's Zaman.

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Riot police were able to clear the area and construction workers resumed work later in the afternoon.

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Until masked protestors returned and began throwing stones at construction equipment.

OSMAN ORSAL / Reuters

An Environmental and Urban Beautification Association board member said he believed the construction was illegal.

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The board member also said he hopes construction ends immediately and trees would be replanted in place of the trees that have already been removed.

OSMAN ORSAL / Reuters
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