Protest disturbance in Taksim Square, Istanbul, Turkey

Today in Taksim Square, Istanbul, Turkish police used tear gas to disperse several hundred protesters. Riot police pursued protesters around the area, pushing aside tourists and shoppers.

Advice For Travellers

Some shops may be closed due to the disturbance. Taksim Square frequently is a venue for political protests. Always avoid areas of demonstrations and protests. Even peaceful rallies can escalate quickly and unexpectedly and become violent.

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