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Turkish Police Enter Taksim Square

Hundreds of Turkish riot-clad police have entered Istanbul's Taksim Square, firing tear gas at a small number of anti-government protesters, Tuesday.

Police removed the protesters' banners that had hung from a building overlooking the square.

On Monday, protesters refused to back down when police began using tear gas and water cannons to break up an anti-government march in Istanbul. Demonstrators responded with rocks and gasoline bombs.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has agreed to meet with the anti-government protesters Wednesday.

Three people have died since the marches began almost two weeks ago. Thousands have been hurt and thousands of others arrested.

The opposition party accuses Mr. Erdogan of fueling tensions and dragging the country into fire.

The protests started against plans to tear down a public park in Istanbul. They have since turned into protests against what marchers call the prime minister's imposition of his Islamist views on a secular nation.

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