Turkish police clash with anti-government protesters

turkish police clashTurkish riot police have clashed with a group of student demonstrators who were protesting against the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the capital Ankara.

On Tuesday, police used teargas and water cannon to disperse the protesters who assembled in front of the main gate of the Middle East Technical University ahead of the opening of a highway in the capital.
The demonstrators chanted slogans against the Turkish premier and called on his government to resign.
The students and residents have been protesting at the plan under which a road is set to be constructed across the university campus.
The protest occurred as Turkey’s main opposition party the Republican People’s Party (CHP) has also demanded that the government quickly step down in the wake of a wiretap leak incriminating Erdogan of corruption.
The leaked phone conversations, which were posted on YouTube, allegedly revealed Erdogan asking his son Bilal to turn millions of euros in cash stashed at several houses into “zero”.
Bilal at one point can be heard saying, “There is 30 million euros ($41 million) more.”
The conversations, the authenticity of which could not be verified, were said to date back to December 17, 2013, when massive graft raids were conducted by Turkish police.
Meanwhile, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) has described the recordings as “mind-blowing”.
However, Erdogan has condemned leaked recordings of him and his son as a “vile attack” by opponents.
Erdogan has come under fire since the corruption scandal broke out, shaking his government ahead of key local elections in March.
He has blamed his rival Fethullah Gulen, a US-based Muslim cleric, for prompting the graft investigation, accusing him of seeking to create “a parallel state” in Turkey.


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