Turkish riot police have fired tears gas upon protesters in Taksim Square on Tuesday evening following a day of clashes between demonstrators and the authorities.

Protesters set fires in the square following the latest police advance, with Reuters reporting that many were forced into side streets to escape the choking gas. Running battles between hundreds of protesters and riot police are likely to continue into the night.

On Tuesday evening, Istanbul's governor, Huseyin Avni Mutlu, said that police operations to clear the square would carry on. He warned: "We will continue our measures in an unremitting manner, whether day or night, until marginal elements are cleared and the square is open to the people."

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Riot police re-enter Taksim Square with tear gas

On Tuesday morning, police made announcements over load speakers before moving in on the protesters, firing gas canister every few seconds, forcing many to flee the area. Having cleared the square, protesters fought back with rocks and fireworks as police tried to remove posters and banners.

SEE ALSO: Turkish Protesters Hit By Water Cannons

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had warned that his "tolerance" had ended, and once again called the protest a conspiracy by "provocateurs and terrorists" designed to bring down his government. "I call on you to leave those places and to end these incidents and I send you my love," said Erdogan, ominously adding: "But for those who want to continue with the incidents I say: 'It's over.' As of now we have no tolerance for them."


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Taksim Battle continues down side streets beyond square, with water cannons deployed...

Speaking to parliament, Erdogan said: "I want everyone there to see the big picture, to understand the game that is being played and I especially invite them to evacuate. I expect that of them as their prime minister. A comprehensive attack against Turkey has been carried out."

On Tuesday afternoon, hundreds of police crashed through makeshift barricades erected by the protesters as the 12-day stand-off entered a new and violent phase. Protesters fought back and recaptured areas of the square.


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Barrage of gas being fired. About one canister every three seconds at the moment.

The protest started on 31 May as a peaceful demonstration against the redevelopment of Gezi Park, but gained a political narrative after police moved in on the demonstrators. Many of those who subsequently joined the protest have complained against the increasingly authoritarian and religious leanings of the supposed secular state.

So far more than 5,000 people have been injured and three people have died since the protests began.

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    A demonstrator's clothes are set on fire during clashes with riot police in Taksim square on June 11, 2013. Riot police stormed Istanbul's protest square on june 11, firing tear gas and rubber bullets at firework-hurling demonstrators in a fresh escalation of unrest after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would meet with protest leaders. AFP PHOTO / OREN ZIV (Photo credit should read OREN ZIV/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A protester falls as a riot police van is engulfed in flames in the background during clashes between riot police and demonstrators in Taksim square in Istanbul on June 11, 2013. Riot police stormed Istanbul's protest square today, firing tear gas and rubber bullets at firework-hurling demonstrators in a fresh escalation of unrest after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would meet with protest leaders. Erdogan said three protesters and one police officer have been killed in nearly two weeks of nationwide unrest against his Islamic-rooted government. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Protesters set off fireworks as they clash with riot police in Taksim square in Istanbul on June 11, 2013. Riot police re-entered Istanbul's protest square today, firing tear gas and rubber bullets at firework-hurling demonstrators in a fresh escalation of unrest after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would meet with protest leaders. Hundreds of police officers backed by armoured cars moved in on Taksim Square -- the epicentre of nearly two weeks of deadly anti-government demos -- in the early morning, saying they wanted to remove makeshift barricades erected by protesters and clear the area of flags and banners. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A demonstrator winds up to throw a molotov cocktail in Taksim square in Istanbul, early on June 11, 2013 as demonstrators and riot police clashed. Riot police re-entered Istanbul's protest square today, firing tear gas and rubber bullets at firework-hurling demonstrators in a fresh escalation of unrest after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would meet with protest leaders. Hundreds of police officers backed by armoured cars moved in on Taksim Square -- the epicentre of nearly two weeks of deadly anti-government demos -- in the early morning, saying they wanted to remove makeshift barricades erected by protesters and clear the area of flags and banners. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A protester runs to avoid tear gas as police take cover next to a water cannon during clashes at the Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. Hundreds of police in riot gear forced through barricades in the square early Tuesday, pushing many of the protesters who had occupied the square for more than a week into a nearby park. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

  • A protester walks in front of a burning barricade during clashes in Taksim square in Istanbul, Tuesday, June 11, 2013. Hundreds of police in riot gear forced through barricades in Istanbul's central Taksim Square early Tuesday, pushing many of the protesters who had occupied the square for more than a week into a nearby park. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis)

  • A protester gestures to riot policemen as he walks in front of a burning barricade during clashes in Taksim square in Istanbul, Tuesday, June 11, 2013. Hundreds of police in riot gear forced through barricades in Istanbul's central Taksim Square early Tuesday, pushing many of the protesters who had occupied the square for more than a week into a nearby park. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis)

  • Protesters carry another protester affected by tear gas during clashes in Taksim square in Istanbul, Tuesday, June 11, 2013. Hundreds of police in riot gear forced through barricades in Istanbul's central Taksim Square early Tuesday, pushing many of the protesters who had occupied the square for more than a week into a nearby park. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis)

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    A protester throws a Molotov cocktail during clashes with riot police in istanbul's Taksim square on June 11, 2013. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on June 11 said three protesters and one police officer have been killed in nearly two weeks of nationwide unrest against his Islamic-rooted government. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A protester, wearing a gas mask, pulls back the cord on a slingshot in Taksim square in Istanbul on June 11, 2013. Riot police stormed Istanbul's protest square on June 11, firing tear gas and rubber bullets at firework-hurling demonstrators in a fresh escalation of unrest after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would meet with protest leaders. AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A demonstrator throws a molotov cocktail in Taksim square in Istanbul, early on June 11, 2013 as demonstrators and riot police clashed. Riot police re-entered Istanbul's protest square today, firing tear gas and rubber bullets at firework-hurling demonstrators in a fresh escalation of unrest after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would meet with protest leaders. Hundreds of police officers backed by armoured cars moved in on Taksim Square -- the epicentre of nearly two weeks of deadly anti-government demos -- in the early morning, saying they wanted to remove makeshift barricades erected by protesters and clear the area of flags and banners. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    ALTERNATIVE CROP A protester wearing a gas mask holds a box of fireworks during clashes against riot police in Taksim square in Istanbul on June 11, 2013. Riot police stormed Istanbul's protest square on June 11, firing tear gas and rubber bullets at firework-hurling demonstrators in a fresh escalation of unrest after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would meet with protest leaders. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A demonstrator wearing a gas mask holds a box of fireworks during clashes with police in Taksim square on June 11, 2013. Riot police re-entered Istanbul's protest square today, firing tear gas and rubber bullets at firework-hurling demonstrators in a fresh escalation of unrest after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would meet with protest leaders. Hundreds of police officers backed by armoured cars moved in on Taksim Square -- the epicentre of nearly two weeks of deadly anti-government demos -- in the early morning, saying they wanted to remove makeshift barricades erected by protesters and clear the area of flags and banners. AFP Photo / Angelos Tzortzinis (Photo credit should read ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A demonstrator throws a stone during clashes with riot police in Taksim square on June 11, 2013. Riot police re-entered Istanbul's protest square on June 11, firing tear gas and rubber bullets at firework-hurling demonstrators in a fresh escalation of unrest after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would meet with protest leaders. Hundreds of police officers backed by armoured cars moved in on Taksim Square -- the epicentre of nearly two weeks of deadly anti-government demos -- in the early morning, saying they wanted to remove makeshift barricades erected by protesters and clear the area of flags and banners. AFP PHOTO / ANGELOS TZORTZINIS (Photo credit should read ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A protester whose clothes are on fire runs away from riot police during clashes in Taksim square in Istanbul on June 11, 2013. Riot police stormed Istanbul's protest square today, firing tear gas and rubber bullets at firework-hurling demonstrators in a fresh escalation of unrest after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would meet with protest leaders. Erdogan said three protesters and one police officer have been killed in nearly two weeks of nationwide unrest against his Islamic-rooted government. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A protester shields himself from water cannons during clashes with riot police in Istanbul's Taksim square on June 11, 2013. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on June 11 said three protesters and one police officer have been killed in nearly two weeks of nationwide unrest against his Islamic-rooted government. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Protesters shield themselves from water cannons during clashes with riot police in Istanbul's Taksim square on June 11, 2013. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on June 11 said three protesters and one police officer have been killed in nearly two weeks of nationwide unrest against his Islamic-rooted government. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A protester throws a Molotov cocktail durign clashes with riot police in istanbul's Taksim square on June 11, 2013. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on June 11 said three protesters and one police officer have been killed in nearly two weeks of nationwide unrest against his Islamic-rooted government. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Protesters shield themselves from water cannons during clashes with riot police in Istanbul's Taksim square on June 11, 2013. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on June 11 said three protesters and one police officer have been killed in nearly two weeks of nationwide unrest against his Islamic-rooted government. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A protester throws a Molotov cocktail during clashes with riot police in Istanbul's Taksim square on June 11, 2013. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on June 11 said three protesters and one police officer have been killed in nearly two weeks of nationwide unrest against his Islamic-rooted government. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A protester flashes the v-sign during clashes with riot police in Istanbul's Taksim square on June 11, 2013. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on June 11 said three protesters and one police officer have been killed in nearly two weeks of nationwide unrest against his Islamic-rooted government. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A protester throws a molotov cocktail at a riot police van during clashes between riot police and demonstrators in Taksim square in Istanbul on June 11, 2013. Riot police stormed Istanbul's protest square today, firing tear gas and rubber bullets at firework-hurling demonstrators in a fresh escalation of unrest after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would meet with protest leaders. Erdogan said three protesters and one police officer have been killed in nearly two weeks of nationwide unrest against his Islamic-rooted government. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A protester runs as a water cannon stream gushes in the background during clashes between riot police and demonstrators in Taksim square in Istanbul on June 11, 2013. Riot police stormed Istanbul's protest square today, firing tear gas and rubber bullets at firework-hurling demonstrators in a fresh escalation of unrest after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would meet with protest leaders. Erdogan said three protesters and one police officer have been killed in nearly two weeks of nationwide unrest against his Islamic-rooted government. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Riot police are pictured in Taksim square in Istanbul on June 11, 2013 during thier storming of the square. Riot police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at firework-hurling demonstrators in a fresh escalation of unrest after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would meet with protest leaders. Erdogan said three protesters and one police officer have been killed in nearly two weeks of nationwide unrest against his Islamic-rooted government. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Turkish protestors and riot policemen clash on June 1, 2013, during a protest against the demolition of Taksim Gezi Park, in Taksim Square in Istanbul. Police reportedly used tear gas to disperse a group, who were standing guard in Gezi Parki to prevent the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality from demolishing the last remaining green public space in the centre of Istanbul as a part of a major Taksim renewal project. At least a dozen people were injured. AFP PHOTO/BULENT KILIC (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Protesters are hit with a stream from a water cannon during clashes between riot police and demonstrators in Taksim square in Istanbul on June 11, 2013. Riot police stormed Istanbul's protest square today, firing tear gas and rubber bullets at firework-hurling demonstrators in a fresh escalation of unrest after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would meet with protest leaders. Erdogan said three protesters and one police officer have been killed in nearly two weeks of nationwide unrest against his Islamic-rooted government. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A protester uses a shield to protect himself from the jet of a water cannon as others take cover behind him during clashes between riot police and demonstrators in Taksim square in Istanbul on June 11, 2013. Riot police stormed Istanbul's protest square today, firing tear gas and rubber bullets at firework-hurling demonstrators in a fresh escalation of unrest after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would meet with protest leaders. Erdogan said three protesters and one police officer have been killed in nearly two weeks of nationwide unrest against his Islamic-rooted government. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Turkish riot police fire tear gas at demonstrators during clashes in Istanbul's Taksim square on June 11, 2013. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on June 11 said three protesters and one police officer have been killed in nearly two weeks of nationwide unrest against his Islamic-rooted government. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Demonstrators wearing gas masks take cover behond a barricade during clashes between riot police and demonstrators in Taksim square in Istanbul on June 11, 2013. Riot police stormed Istanbul's protest square today, firing tear gas and rubber bullets at firework-hurling demonstrators in a fresh escalation of unrest after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would meet with protest leaders. Erdogan said three protesters and one police officer have been killed in nearly two weeks of nationwide unrest against his Islamic-rooted government. AFP Photo / Angelos Tzortzinis (Photo credit should read ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A protester throws a stone at police during clashes at Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. Hundreds of police in riot gear forced through barricades in the square early Tuesday, pushing many of the protesters who had occupied the square for more than a week into a nearby park. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

  • A man runs through teargas as police operates during clashes with protesters at Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. Hundreds of police in riot gear forced through barricades in the square early Tuesday, pushing many of the protesters who had occupied the square for more than a week into a nearby park. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

  • A protester, left, is seen through teargas during a police operation to evacuate Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. Hundreds of police in riot gear forced through barricades in the square early Tuesday, pushing many of the protesters who had occupied the square for more than a week into a nearby park. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

  • Police operates amid teargas during clashes with protesters at Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. Hundreds of police in riot gear forced through barricades in the square early Tuesday, pushing many of the protesters who had occupied the square for more than a week into a nearby park. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

  • Protesters try to cover behind a barricade as police fires teargas during clashes at Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. Hundreds of police in riot gear forced through barricades in the square early Tuesday, pushing many of the protesters who had occupied the square for more than a week into a nearby park. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

  • A protester tries to put a wood with nails under a wheel of a police water cannon during clashes at Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. Hundreds of police in riot gear forced through barricades in the square early Tuesday, pushing many of the protesters who had occupied the square for more than a week into a nearby park. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

  • A protester throws a stone at police during clashes at Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. Hundreds of police in riot gear forced through barricades in the square early Tuesday, pushing many of the protesters who had occupied the square for more than a week into a nearby park. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

  • Journalists surround a protester who stops a police water cannon holding a Turkish national flag during clashes with police at Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. Hundreds of police in riot gear forced through barricades in the square early Tuesday, pushing many of the protesters who had occupied the square for more than a week into a nearby park. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

  • Protesters try to stop a police water cannon during clashes at Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. Hundreds of police in riot gear forced through barricades in the square early Tuesday, pushing many of the protesters who had occupied the square for more than a week into a nearby park. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

  • A policeman runs through teargas during clashes with protesters at Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. Hundreds of police in riot gear forced through barricades in the square early Tuesday, pushing many of the protesters who had occupied the square for more than a week into a nearby park. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

  • Black smoke rises from Taksim Square during clashes between protesters and police, in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. Hundreds of police in riot gear forced through barricades in the square early Tuesday, pushing many of the protesters who had occupied the square for more than a week into a nearby park. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

  • A protester puts a wood with nails under the wheel of a police water cannon during clashes at the Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. Hundreds of police in riot gear forced through barricades in the square early Tuesday, pushing many of the protesters who had occupied the square for more than a week into a nearby park. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

  • Police take cover behind shields during an operation at the Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. Hundreds of police in riot gear forced through barricades in the square early Tuesday, pushing many of the protesters who had occupied the square for more than a week into a nearby park. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

  • Police remove a banner hanged by protesters in a cultural center as the Turkish flag is reflected on the windows during a police operation at the Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, Tuesday, June 11, 2013. Hundreds of police in riot gear forced through barricades in the square early Tuesday, pushing many of the protesters who had occupied the square for more than a week into a nearby park. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

  • Police fires tear gas during an operation to evacuate the Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. Hundreds of police in riot gear forced through barricades in the square early Tuesday, pushing many of the protesters who had occupied the square for more than a week into a nearby park. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

  • A police water cannon truck is on fire after protesters threw a petrol bomb during a police operation at the Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. Hundreds of police in riot gear forced through barricades in the square early Tuesday, pushing many of the protesters who had occupied the square for more than a week into a nearby park. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

  • Riot policemen take cover behind their shields amid tear gas smoke during clashes in Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, Tuesday, June 11, 2013. Hundreds of police in riot gear forced through barricades in Istanbul's central Taksim Square early Tuesday, pushing many of the protesters who had occupied the square for more than a week into a nearby park. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis)

  • Police hang a banner of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of the modern Turkey, next to a Turkish flag hung by protesters in a cultural center during a police operation to evacuate Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. Hundreds of police in riot gear forced through barricades in the square early Tuesday, pushing many of the protesters who had occupied the square for more than a week into a nearby park. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

  • Police officer fires rubber bullets during an operation to evacuate Taksim Square in Istanbul Tuesday, June 11, 2013. Hundreds of police in riot gear forced through barricades in the square early Tuesday, pushing many of the protesters who had occupied the square for more than a week into a nearby park. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

  • Riot policemen take cover as a petrol bomb explodes in front of them during clashes in Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, Tuesday, June 11, 2013. Hundreds of police in riot gear forced through barricades in Istanbul's central Taksim Square early Tuesday, pushing many of the protesters who had occupied the square for more than a week into a nearby park. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis)

  • Protesters watch riot policemen entering Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, Tuesday, June 11, 2013. Hundreds of police in riot gear forced through barricades in Istanbul's central Taksim Square early Tuesday, pushing many of the protesters who had occupied the square for more than a week into a nearby park. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis)

  • A protester gestures in front of riot policemen during clashes in Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, Tuesday, June 11, 2013. Hundreds of police in riot gear forced through barricades in Istanbul's central Taksim Square early Tuesday, pushing many of the protesters who had occupied the square for more than a week into a nearby park. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis)