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Published on Jun 1, 2013
Protests against the construction of a shopping mall in Istanbul's Gezi Park in Taksim Square entered their second day on Saturday after activists were violently dispersed by Turkish police on Friday. The violent police response triggered mass protests in Istanbul, Ankara and other cities across the country with the demonstrations now channeling widespread frustration and anger with Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, who is seen as becoming increasingly authoritarian. Early on Saturday, a group of protesters tried to seize the building of the Turkish ruling party in the province of Izmit as the local police broke up the demonstrators. The hashtag #OccupyGezi went viral on Twitter as the news spread quickly online. Some of the powerful images that have surfaced on social media from the raid and the protest include a picture of protesters marching across the Bosphorus bridge and making their way to Gezi Park in Taksim Square. Correspondence with Jasper Mortimer in Istanbul TAGS : demonstrations , Facebook , Istanbul, Occupy Movement, Occupygezi, Protest , Recep Tayyip Erdogan, riots, Tayyip Erdogan , Turkey, Twitter , unrest ,YouTube LATEST NEWS - Watch the latest breaking news and information on the latest top stories, international, business, entertainment, politics, and more. With our correspondents all over the world in the field. FRANCE 24 INTERNATIONAL NEWS 24/7 http://www.france24.com