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Strikes, Demonstrations Continue Across Turkey

Demonstrations continued across Turkey Monday but slowly came under police control as thousands protested against the Erdogan government.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 6/17/2013, 7:29 PM

Istanbul
Istanbul
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Demonstrations were carried out across Turkey on Monday as thousands continued to express discontent with the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The rallies were more structured as two major unions – the KESK public sector confederation and DISK, covering transport, construction, healthcare and media employees – joined the protests, initiating a one-day strike and gathering in central squares.

Hundreds marched in the coastal Turkish city of Izmir, along the Aegean Sea.

Riot police warned thousands of demonstrators in Ankara on Monday to disperse or face the consequences, Turkey's NTV reported. Three hours later, protesters peacefully left Kizilay Square, waving their union flags.

The move followed a weekend in which police removed protesters from Istanbul's Gezi Park in the central Taksim Square after 18 days of “occupation.”

Violence that left five dead and more than 5,000 injured has waved back and forth between police brutality and protesting youths.