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Turkish ruling party orders protesters to leave Istanbul park

Turkey’s ruling AK Party on Wednesday ordered protesters to leave Istanbul’s central Gezi Park immediately and said it would consider holding a referendum on redevelopment plans which sparked almost two weeks of violent demonstrations. “Those with bad intentions or who seek to provoke and remain in the park will be facing the police,” Deputy Chairman Huseyin Celik told a news conference. 

Istanbul clashes intensifyTurkish riot police fire tear gas and water cannons at hundreds of protesters as they try to take control of Taksim Square. (reuterspictures)