ISTANBUL — Turkish riot police on Saturday fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse hundreds of anti-government protesters in Istanbul, leaving many injured. At least 10 people were injured and dozens arrested, according to AFP journalists, in fresh protests which broke out near Taksim square, the epicenter of violent demonstrations which rocked the country in June. At least three journalists, including an AFP photographer, were injured by rubber bullets during the clashes.
Some 300 protesters had gathered early Saturday evening in support of the Gezi protest movement which rocked Turkey two months ago, and cat-and-mouse games with police continued into the night. “Together against fascism” cried the protesters gathered amid heavy security. Protest flashpoints Taksim square and Gezi park were closed to the public on Saturday.