Protesters and police clashed in Ankara and Istanbul Saturday night after a week of civil unrest. Police using tear gas and water cannon dispersed the 5,000 demonstrators gathered in Kizilay Square at the center of the capital. In Istanbul, supporters of three rival football clubs - Fenerbahce, Galatasaray and Besiktas - set aside their differences to march together to Taksim Square. Earlier, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, who returned home Thursday, ruled out early elections.
Four people - including a police officer - are reported to have died, thousands have been injured and hundreds arrested in the protest movement which erupted on 31 May over the paving of one of Istanbul’s few parks.