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Protesters Hijack Excavator in Istanbul

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Published on Jun 3, 2013

Police stop protesters with excavator from heading to Prime Ministers office in Istanbul.

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Police blocked the road to stop protesters in a hijacked excavator on the way to Prime Ministry in Istanbul on Monday (3 June).

Protesters left Gezi park in the early hours of Monday morning, starting a march to Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's office located at Besiktas. Hijacking an excavator from a building site on the road the crowd continued their march to the office.

Riot police backed by water cannons blocked the road to prime ministers office and used smoke grenades and water cannons to disperse the advancing crowd of a thousand people.

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Turkey's four biggest cities on Sunday and clashed with riot police firing tear gas in the third day of the fiercest anti-government protests in years.

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan blamed the main secular opposition party for inciting the crowds, whom he called "a few looters", and said the protests were aimed at depriving his ruling AK Party of votes as elections begin next year.

The unrest erupted on Friday when trees were torn down at a park in Istanbul's main Taksim Square under government plans to redevelop the area, but widened into a broad show of defiance against the Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP).

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