June 15, 2013 / 6:13 PM / 4 years ago

Turkish police enter Istanbul's Gezi Park after PM's warning

ISTANBUL, June 15 (Reuters) - Turkish riot police fired teargas and water cannon to try to clear protesters from a central Istanbul park on Saturday evening, hours after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan warned that police were ready to intervene.

“We have our Istanbul rally tomorrow. I say it clearly: Taksim Square must be evacuated, otherwise this country’s security forces know how to evacuate it,” Erdogan had told tens of thousands of supporters at a rally in the capital Ankara.

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