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Turkish police raid peaceful sit-in against Istanbul tree removal

Protesters suffering from exposure to tear gas assist

Protesters suffering from exposure to tear gas assist one another during a protest against the demolition of Gezi Park in Istanbul. (May 31, 2013) Photo Credit: AFP / Getty Images

Turkish riot police used tear gas and water cannon Friday to end a peaceful sit-in by hundreds of people trying to prevent trees from being uprooted in an Istanbul park. The protesters were demanding Gezi Park be protected from plans that include the construction of a shopping mall.

Protesters suffering from exposure to tear gas assist
Photo Credit: AFP / Getty Images

Protesters suffering from exposure to tear gas assist one another during a protest against the demolition of Gezi Park in Istanbul. (May 31, 2013)

A protester clashes with Turkish riot policemen during
Photo Credit: AFP / Getty Images

A protester clashes with Turkish riot policemen during a protest against the demolition of Gezi Park in Istanbul. (May 31, 2013)

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