Turkish police carry out nationwide raids
Men detained for emulating Turkish choreographer Erdem Gunduz for standing on Taksim square in a lone protest are seen arrested inside a truck used by the Turkish police June 18 (Marco Longari / AFP)
Following weeks of anti-government protests in Turkey, police carried out raids across the country on Tuesday and detained dozens of people.
25 people were detained in the capital Ankara, 13 in Eskisehir to the west and “many” in Turkey’s biggest city Istanbul, state media TRT reported.
A police source confirmed the operation and told Reuters news agency: “For now, only provocateurs will be taken for questioning.”
Turkey has been rocked by demonstrations that began in and around Istanbul’s Taksim Square and turned violent after police sought to clear protesters using teargas and water cannon.
Clashes have erupted in cities across the country, as people protest against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s leadership.
Erdogan has struck a defiant tone in the face of the biggest public challenge to his 10-year rule, during which he has overseen an economic boom and enjoyed broad popularity.