Ankara police disperse protesters with tear gas – Turkey

Eurasia News

Police have deployed tear gas and water cannons to quell more than 10,000 protesters that gathered in downtown Ankara. This comes as officials claim the protests are under control and the process is “becoming normalized and in line with common sense.”

The rally in the Turkish capital started peacefully in the early hours of the morning, reports the Hurriyet Daily. As the protesters arrived at the Kizilay Square in late afternoon, police there made calls to disperse in order to not block car traffic.

The police then started “a sudden and unexpected intervention” as the protesters ran to the narrow streets surrounding the square.

According to witness reports on twitter police were targeting and detaining “random” youth in the crowd.