Istanbul locked down on anniversary of 2013 demos

Demonstrators march with banners on May 31, 2016 in Istanbul, on the third anniversary of the start of the Gezi Park protestsTurkish police on Tuesday detained several activists and imposed a heavy security blanket in Istanbul on the third anniversary of protests that posed the biggest challenge to the rule of Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The May-June 2013 protests began as a grassroots movement to stop plans for the redevelopment of Gezi Park in central Istanbul but snowballed into a wave of nationwide wave of anger against Erdogan. Hundreds of armed police were deployed in Taksim Square next to Gezi Park, with access to the centre of the square and the park barred to the public throughout the day, an AFP correspondent said.

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