ISTANBUL: Riot police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse anti-government protesters in several Turkish cities overnight yesterday, as demonstrations against the Islamic-rooted cabinet simmered across the country, media reported.
In Istanbul’s Kadikoy district hundreds of protesters set up barricades, which they then set on fire, according to NTV television. Earlier, several thousand people had gathered in Kadikoy for open-air concerts, the Dogan press agency reported, adding that police detained around a dozen people.
One of those detained was a journalist with the IMC opposition television channel. Clashes also took place in an outlying area of the capital Ankara and in the southern town of Antakya, where the death of a demonstrator, Ahmet Atakan, a week ago in clashes with police had sparked the resurgence of unrest throughout Turkey.