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Police sealed off a flashpoint Istanbul park on Sunday after firing tear gas and water cannon to dislodge thousands of protesters in a night of violence that sent tensions soaring in Turkey following more than two weeks of anti-government unrest. 

A protester reacts in pain to a salvo of tear gas fired by Turkish riot police officers in Gezi Park in Istanbul on June 15, 2013. Police sealed off a flashpoint Istanbul park on Sunday after firing tear gas and water cannon to dislodge thousands of protesters in a night of violence that sent tensions soaring in Turkey's relentless anti-government unrest.

Riot police were still clashing with pockets of protesters in streets near Gezi Park as tens of thousands of supporters of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan began gathering for a rally 10 kilometres (six miles) away.

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