First Posted: 6/2/2013
(AP) Protests in Istanbul and several other Turkish cities appear to have subsided, after days of fierce clashes following a police crackdown on a peaceful gathering.
The private Dogan news agency says on Sunday a few hundred protesters remain at Istanbul's main square, which was the scene of the largest and fiercest anti-government outburst in Turkey in years. The group lit a bonfire and chanted anti-government slogans in an all-night vigil, but shrank as rain set in.
The demonstrations grew out of anger over a violent police crackdown of a peaceful environmental protest at Istanbul's Taksim Square and spread to other Turkish cities. The government said some 1,000 people were detained during the protests. Hundreds were injured in the clashes.Associated Press