Tension in Istanbul before rallies
Anti-government protesters in Turkey have called for a massive demonstration in the middle of Istanbul today.
The country’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has planned a huge rally of his supporters in a different part of the city.
After massive clashes between police and protesters last night, which continued into the early hours of this morning, the atmosphere in Istanbul is tense. Even now there are reports of small clashes around the city.
Riot police evicted the protesters from Istanbul’s Gezi Park and Taksim Square after two weeks of anti-government demonstrations.
The square is cordoned off by police this morning as Istanbul residents prepare for what comes next.