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A Weekend Of Violence And Political Rallies In Turkey In 23 Photos

Over the weekend, riot police detained hundreds of protesters in Turkey. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan held rallies in Ankara and Istanbul, telling supporters on Sunday that those behind the protests will pay a heavy price.

Posted on June 16, 2013, at 9:00 p.m. ET

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Turkish protesters wave Turkish flags during a massive rally on John F. Kennedy Street near the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey.
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Turkish protesters wave Turkish flags during a massive rally on John F. Kennedy Street near the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey.

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan salutes supporters during a party rally outside Ankara.
Burhan Ozbilici / AP

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan salutes supporters during a party rally outside Ankara.

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Riot police gather in a tear gas-engulfed Gezi Park in Istanbul.
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Riot police gather in a tear gas-engulfed Gezi Park in Istanbul.

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People wave flags during Turkey Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's speech at his rally in Ankara.
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People wave flags during Turkey Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's speech at his rally in Ankara.

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Protesters try to resist the advance of riot police in Gezi Park in Istanbul.
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Protesters try to resist the advance of riot police in Gezi Park in Istanbul.

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A supporter of Prime Minister Erdogan watches a rally organized by the ruling Justice and Development Party in Ankara.
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A supporter of Prime Minister Erdogan watches a rally organized by the ruling Justice and Development Party in Ankara.

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Turkish riot police fire tear gas after chasing protestors out of Gezi Park.
Vadim Ghirda / AP

Turkish riot police fire tear gas after chasing protestors out of Gezi Park.

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Prime Minister Erdogan accompanied by his ministers and party members, addresses his supporters in Ankara.
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Prime Minister Erdogan accompanied by his ministers and party members, addresses his supporters in Ankara.

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A protestor reacts as he is arrested by Turkish police officers in Istanbul.
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A protestor reacts as he is arrested by Turkish police officers in Istanbul.

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Supporters of Prime Minister Erdogan wave flags as he addresses a party rally outside Ankara, Turkey.
Burhan Ozbilici / AP

Supporters of Prime Minister Erdogan wave flags as he addresses a party rally outside Ankara, Turkey.

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People escape to the Divan Istanbul Hotel as riot police fire tear gas to disperse the crowd near the Gazi Park.
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People escape to the Divan Istanbul Hotel as riot police fire tear gas to disperse the crowd near the Gazi Park.

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People wave flags during Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan speech at his rally in Ankara.
DADO RUVIC / Reuters

People wave flags during Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan speech at his rally in Ankara.

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Protesters aid one another in the Divan Istanbul Hotel after riot police used tear gas to disperse the crowd near the Gezi Park.
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Protesters aid one another in the Divan Istanbul Hotel after riot police used tear gas to disperse the crowd near the Gezi Park.

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Prime Minister Erdogan and party members throw carnations toward supporters during a party rally outside Ankara.
Burhan Ozbilici / AP

Prime Minister Erdogan and party members throw carnations toward supporters during a party rally outside Ankara.

Sunday, June 16, 2013:

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Riot police fire tear gas to disperse a crowd near Gezi Park in the early morning hours of June 16, 2013 in Istanbul.
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Riot police fire tear gas to disperse a crowd near Gezi Park in the early morning hours of June 16, 2013 in Istanbul.

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Supporters of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan wave his posters before he arrives to address a party rally in Istanbul.
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Supporters of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan wave his posters before he arrives to address a party rally in Istanbul.

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A protestor waves a Turkish flag and Mustafa Kemal Ataturk's poster, founder of modern Turkey, at Harbiye near Taksim square in Istanbul.
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A protestor waves a Turkish flag and Mustafa Kemal Ataturk's poster, founder of modern Turkey, at Harbiye near Taksim square in Istanbul.

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People gather during a rally at the Kazlicesma meeting area in Istanbul to listen to a speech by Prime Minister Erdogan.
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People gather during a rally at the Kazlicesma meeting area in Istanbul to listen to a speech by Prime Minister Erdogan.

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A protester faces a police water canon during clashes with riot police at a demonstration in Ankara.
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A protester faces a police water canon during clashes with riot police at a demonstration in Ankara.

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Supporters of Prime Minister Erdogan raise their hands as they gather during a rally at the Kazlicesma meeting area in Istanbul.
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Supporters of Prime Minister Erdogan raise their hands as they gather during a rally at the Kazlicesma meeting area in Istanbul.

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Protesters take cover from a water cannon during clashes with riot police at a demonstration in Ankara.
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Protesters take cover from a water cannon during clashes with riot police at a demonstration in Ankara.

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People gather during a rally at the Kazlicesma meeting area in Istanbul.
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People gather during a rally at the Kazlicesma meeting area in Istanbul.

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Protesters face a water cannon as they clash with police during an anti-government demonstration in Ankara.
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Protesters face a water cannon as they clash with police during an anti-government demonstration in Ankara.

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