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Turkey Protests: Clashes Between Activists And Police Continue Into Second Day (VIDEO, PICTURES)

01/06/2013 11:58 BST | Updated 01/06/2013 12:43 BST

The foreign office has warned British tourists to be aware of and avoid anti-government demonstrations in Turkey, after tear gas and water cannon were used against the public for the second day in Istanbul.

A second day of violence has gripped the city, as hundreds of protestors returned to Taksim Square, the scene of much of discord on Friday after anti-government protests turned violent.

Police have remained in the square overnight, after pushing away activists protesting against the Turkish government's plans to pave over green space in the city.

On Friday, violence broke out at a demonstration against plans to pave over the leafy Gezi Park in Istanbul, one further sign of public discontent with the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party.

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A second day of clashes between protesters and police

The government fought with thousands of protestors on May Day, as the public grows angry at what they believe to be an increasingly authoritarian government.

On Saturday, clashes spread across Istanbul and in the capital, Ankara, and the coastal city of Izmir. However, the country's prime minister, Tayyip Erdogan, has insisted that the developments on the land will go ahead despite the public outcry.

"We do not have a government, we have Tayyip Erdogan...Even AK Party supporters are saying they have lost their mind, they are not listening to us," said Koray Caliskan, a political scientist at Bosphorus University who attended the protest told the Reuters news agency. "This is the beginning of a summer of discontent."

"This isn't just about trees anymore, it's about all of the pressure we're under from this government. We're fed up, we don't like the direction the country is headed in," student Mert Burge, who came to support the protesters after reading on Twitter about the police use of tear gas, told the news agency.

"We will stay here tonight and sleep on the street if we have to."

A foreign office spokesperson told the Huffington Post UK that: "We are concerned by reports of violent clashes between protesters and police across Turkey. We urge the Turkish authorities to exercise restraint and not to use tear gas indiscriminately to disperse protesters.

"We encourage the Turkish authorities to respect the right to peaceful protest and freedom of assembly, which are fundamental human rights in any democratic society.”

The United States government has expressed its concern at the government's handling of the protests, joining Amnesty International in condemning the fighting.