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Protesters attacked in Istanbul

Police hit crowd with water, tear gas

ISTANBUL — Police officers attacked a group of peaceful demonstrators with water cannons and tear gas on Friday in Istanbul’s Taksim Square, sending scores of residents, protesters, and tourists scurrying into shops and luxury hotels and turning the center of this city into a battle zone at the height of tourist season.

The police action was the latest violent crackdown by the government against a growing protest movement challenging plans to replace a park in Taksim Square, Istanbul’s equivalent of Cairo’s Tahrir Square, with a replica Ottoman-era army barracks that would house a shopping mall.

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