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What Started As A Protest Over Trees In Turkey Has Escalated Into Violence

The government's response to a sit-in at a park on Friday has sparked widespread anti-government protests and violence that continued into the weekend.

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A protest in Istanbul, Turkey, that began as opposition to the removal of trees at a popular park has escalated into mass demonstrations against the Turkish government.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said police may have used tear gas excessively against protestors, but also said protestors did not represent a majority of the population.

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A Turkish riot policeman uses tear gas as a demonstrator holds a banner which reads, "Chemical Tayyip", referring to Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan

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