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Istanbul police disperse protesters with tear gas

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>> Turkish police firing tear gas at demonstrators. The protestors had gathered following an attack the previous night on a record store in Istanbul's Cihangir neighborhood. A group of men armed with sticks and bottles raided the store late on Friday, interrupting a party celebrating the launch of a new album by British band Radiohead.
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Nobody was believed to be badly injured. A video posted on social media showed a mad objecting to the revelers drinking alcohol during the holy month of Ramadan. Although Turkey is constitutionally secular, the majority of the population is Muslim and President Tayyip Erdoğan has tightened restrictions on the selling of alcohol.
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The protestors on Saturday gathered in the same area as the attack, a district full of coffee shops and bars, popular with young people and tourists. They chanted that the ruling AK party will be held to account. On the same day, President Erdoğan announced a revival of plans to redevelop Istanbul's Taksim Square.
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The initial proposal sparked huge protests in the city in 2013. Since then, Erdoğan has further strengthened his grip on power, and many have accused him of increasingly authoritarian behavior.>>
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