Police clash with opposition movements in Istanbul, Turkey

Government opposition groups clashed with police on the 89th anniversary of the founding of Turkey. Police fired water cannons and tear gas at the demonstrators who defied a ban on rallies by the governor of Ankara. The planned march was organized by secularist opposition groups that are deeply critical of Turkey's Islamic-rooted government. Travellers should exercise caution and avoid all local public and political demonstrations since they may become violent without notice.

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