Video: Violence Continues in Turkish Riots

Video shows police using tear gas and water cannon to disperse apparently peaceful demonstrators.

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Gil Ronen,

Riot in Taksim square
Riot in Taksim square

Fresh violence erupted early Wednesday when police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse protesters in Istanbul and Ankara.

Some demonstrators had been trying to march on Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s offices in both cities and defied warnings to disperse, according to AFP news agency. However, a video uploaded to the internet shows water cannon and tear gas used against apparently peaceful demonstrators.

Clashes also erupted in the southeastern city of Hatay on the border with Syria, where a 22-year-old protester died a day earlier after being wounded during a protest.

In the western city of Izmir, police detained at least 25 people early Wednesday for tweeting “misleading and libelous information”, state-run Anatolia news agency reported.

According to Al Arabiya, members of a protest group met Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc in the capital Ankara, and demanded that the police stop using tear gas against protesters, and release those who had been arrested.

On Tuesday, Arinc apologized to “legitimate demonstrators” injured by the security forces, in a gesture that was welcomed by the United States.