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The Latest Images From Turkey as Police Continue Their Crackdown on Protesters

Anti-government demonstrations have spread beyond Istanbul's Taksim Square.

Police continue to clash with anti-government protesters throughout Turkey despite Prime Minister Recep Tayyip's Erdoğan's most recent warning that he would not show "any more tolerance."

According to a BBC report, at least four people have been killed, including one policeman. An estimated 5,000 protesters have been treated for injuries or for the effects of tear gas. Government officials say 600 police officers have also been injured.

The protests began two weeks ago in Istanbul after police attempted to shut down a relatively small demonstration against the redevelopment of one of the city's last public green spaces, Gezi Park. Jennifer Hattam reported on the infancy of these protests, with one of the demonstrators telling her, "it’s not just about Gezi Park. We have lost cinemas, cultural centers, restaurants, neighborhoods, things that symbolize Istanbul. Gezi Park was our last castle." 

Fueled by a sentiment that the prime minister has become increasingly authoritarian, demonstrations have since spread to Ankara and Izmir, sometimes drawing large crowds and turning city streets into chaotic scenes of police against protesters. Clashes resumed in Istanbul's Taksim Square Tuesday, with riot police firing tear gas and using a water cannon against demonstrators there. Protesters have fought back by setting off fireworks, lighting bonfires, and throwing stones at water cannon vehicles.

Below, via Reuters, scenes from around Turkey as the demonstrations continue:

A protester holding a shield attempts to block a jet of water from a police water cannon during clashes in Istanbul's Taksim Square June 11, 2013. Riot police fired tear gas and water cannon at hundreds of protesters armed with rocks and fireworks on Tuesday as they tried to take back control of a central Istanbul square at the heart of fierce anti-government demonstrations. (REUTERS/Osman Orsal)
A protester throws a petrol bomb as Turkish riot police fire water cannon and teargas during a protest at Taksim Square in Istanbul June 11, 2013. Riot police fired water cannon and teargas at hundreds of protesters in Istanbul's Taksim Square on Tuesday, Reuters witnesses said, entering the square for the first time since demonstrations against plans to develop a park there turned violent. (REUTERS/Osman Orsal)
A protester takes cover behind a barricade as he uses a sling shot against police during clashes in Istanbul's Taksim Square June 11, 2013. Riot police fired water cannon and teargas at hundreds of protesters in Istanbul's Taksim Square on Tuesday, Reuters witnesses said, entering the square for the first time since demonstrations against plans to develop a park there turned violent. (REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis)
Protesters stand over the barricade during clashes in Istanbul's Taksim Square June 11, 2013. Riot police fired water cannon and teargas at hundreds of protesters in Istanbul's Taksim Square on Tuesday, Reuters witnesses said, entering the square for the first time since demonstrations against plans to develop a park there turned violent. (REUTERS/Osman Orsal)
Protesters take cover behind a shield during a protest at Taksim Square in Istanbul June 11, 2013. Turkish riot police fired tear gas and water cannon at hundreds of protesters armed with rocks and fireworks on Tuesday as they tried to take back control of a central Istanbul square at the heart of fierce anti-government demonstrations. (REUTERS/Murad Sezer)
A riot policeman gestures to colleagues from behind a van during a protest at Taksim Square in Istanbul June 11, 2013. Turkish riot police fired tear gas and water cannon at hundreds of protesters armed with rocks and fireworks on Tuesday as they tried to take back control of a central Istanbul square at the heart of fierce anti-government demonstrations. (REUTERS/Murad Sezer)
A protester uses a mobile phone as he passes next to a burning vehicle during a protest at Taksim Square in Istanbul June 11, 2013. Turkish riot police fired tear gas and water cannon at hundreds of protesters armed with rocks and fireworks on Tuesday as they tried to take back control of a central Istanbul square at the heart of fierce anti-government demonstrations. (REUTERS/Murad Sezer)
A protester protects himself from a riot police water cannon during a protest at Taksim Square in Istanbul June 11, 2013. Turkish riot police fired tear gas and water cannon at hundreds of protesters armed with rocks and fireworks on Tuesday as they tried to regain control of a central Istanbul square at the heart of anti-government demonstrations. (REUTERS/Murad Sezer)
A protester gestures at a police crowd control vehicle during a protest at Taksim Square in Istanbul June 11, 2013. Turkish riot police fired tear gas and water cannon at hundreds of protesters armed with rocks and fireworks on Tuesday as they tried to regain control of a central Istanbul square at the heart of anti-government demonstrations. (REUTERS/Murad Sezer)
A woman is framed by Turkish flags depicting the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, in Istanbul's Taksim square June 10, 2013. (REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis)
Demonstrators light flares during an anti-government protest at Gundogdu square in the Aegean port city of Izmir, western Turkey, late June 8, 2013. Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party on Saturday ruled out early elections as tens of thousands of anti-government demonstrators defied his call for an immediate end to protests. (REUTERS/Emre Tazegul)
Riot policemen chase protesters at Kizilay Square in central Ankara, June 9, 2013. Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan told flag-waving supporters on Sunday that his patience with mass anti-government protests had its limits, and moved to seize back the initiative by announcing counter-rallies next weekend. As Erdogan spoke in the capital Ankara, tens of thousands massed in an Istanbul square to demand his resignation. In Ankara's Kizilay district, riot police fired tear gas and water cannon to flush anti-government demonstrators from a square. (REUTERS/Dado Ruvic)
Riot police chase anti-government protesters in central Ankara June 11, 2013. Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has agreed to meet on Wednesday with leaders of the movement whose peaceful protests in Istanbul spiralled into a wave of anti-government demonstrations across Turkey. The protests have shaken the predominanty Muslim country's image as a stable democracy in a turbulent region and as a vibrant emerging market for investors. Three people have been killed and about 5,000 hurt. (REUTERS/Dado Ruvic)
A monument covered with anti-government graffiti is pictured during a lightning storm in central Ankara, June 8, 2013. (REUTERS/Dado Ruvic)
A protester talks on the phone in front of a shop window spray-painted with anti-government graffiti in Istanbul's Taksim square June 9, 2013, following a mass rally by anti-government protesters. Turkish protest organisers called for a demonstration on Sunday to keep up pressure on the government to sack those responsible for a violent police crackdown and to abandon plans to redevelop a central Istanbul square. (REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis)
Protesters wave Turkish flags during a demonstration at Gezi park near Taksim Square in Istanbul June 9, 2013. Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan rallied his supporters in a string of defiant speeches on Sunday as tens of thousands of anti-government demonstrators massed in Istanbul's central Taksim Square. (REUTERS/Murad Sezer)

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