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Powerful Images Of Anti-Government Protests In Istanbul

Protesters take to the streets to protest against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan amid a growing corruption scandal.

Last updated on December 27, 2013, at 4:21 p.m. ET

Posted on December 27, 2013, at 4:21 p.m. ET

Turkish riot police clashed in Istanbul on Friday with anti-government protestors demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, after a scandal erupted over allegations of widespread government corruption.

Murad Sezer / Reuters

Police fired plastic bullets with white powder and used water canons to disperse crowds around Istanbul’s iconic Taksim Square, according to CNN.

These are rubber bullets used by turkish police on protests at #Taksim Square. #Istanbul

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These are rubber bullets used by turkish police on protests at #Taksim Square. #Istanbul

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The protests have been going on for days, but Friday's police intervention marked a new escalation.

Umit Bektas / Reuters

Earlier this week, three ministers tied to Erdogan resigned over corruption allegations. Erdogan has rebuffed calls for his resignation. The investigation is ongoing, and so far has reached deep into high-level political and familial circles.

Umit Bektas / Reuters
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This summer, Erdogan oversaw a violent crackdown on anti-government protests in Istanbul's Gezi Park. As then, demonstrators in the latest round of protests have circulated powerful images of protest on social media.

Revolution in progress #istanbul #taksim

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Revolution in progress #istanbul #taksim

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PHOTO: #Istanbul police use teargas, water cannons on Istiklal Avenue to curb protest http://t.co/VlNt3pX461

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PHOTO: #Istanbul police use teargas, water cannons on Istiklal Avenue to curb protest http://t.co/VlNt3pX461

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RT @ngc2363: "@AlevKasif: #Istanbul Taksim! Tonight! Fireworks reveal the dark! "

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RT @ngc2363: "@AlevKasif: #Istanbul Taksim! Tonight! Fireworks reveal the dark! "

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We have to get the last word! #Turkey #Taksim

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We have to get the last word! #Turkey #Taksim

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Nutcracker special. #Istanbul, #Turkey

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#Istanbul PHOTO: Barricades were set on the streets of #Cihangir, earlier tonight: http://t.co/OgVNzVOHHT

#Esra

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#Istanbul PHOTO: Barricades were set on the streets of #Cihangir, earlier tonight:

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LIVE: Revolution is happening in streets of #Istanbul, demanding the corrupt government to resign! #Taksim

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LIVE: Revolution is happening in streets of #Istanbul, demanding the corrupt government to resign! #Taksim

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From today's protest, Cihangir, #Istanbul . via @cevrimceviren

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From today's protest, Cihangir, #Istanbul . via @cevrimceviren

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