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The Battle of Taksim Square

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This footage was shot by Robert King the morning of Tuesday, June 11, when Taksim Square in Istanbul was being evicted by the riot police. The Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, had said he would meet with the protesters on Wednesday, but then, all of a sudden, the police entered Taksim Tuesday at 7 AM, saying they wanted to remove some banners. The protestors started throwing stones and Molotov cocktails, and it all escalated from there. There were theories that the Molotov-cocktail throwers were actually police officers dressed up as protesters, but who knows for sure.

More about the uprising in Istanbul:

Watch our documentary, Istanbul Rising

Journalist Tim Pool was livestreaming the protests

Occupiers Faced Down Cops in Istanbul's Taksim Square

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