Riot Police, Protesters Clash Near the U.S. Embassy in Ankara

Created: 2013-06-17 11:32 EST

Category: World > Europe

Anti-government protesters laid on the road near the U.S. Embassy in the Turkish capital Ankara on Sunday (June 16) in an attempt to block water cannon and armoured police vehicles from breaking up demonstrations in the area.

Protesters also pointed lazers at water cannon operators as police retaliated with smoke grenades.

Riot police fired teargas into side streets around Istanbul's central Taksim Square, trying to prevent protesters from regrouping after hundreds were evicted from the adjoining Gezi Park, the centre of the demonstrations, late on Saturday (June 15).

Police officers backed by a helicopter, some in plain clothes and carrying batons, used teargas.

Two Turkish union federations said on Sunday they would stage a one-day nationwide strike on Monday (June 17) in protest of the forced eviction by riot police of hundreds of anti-government demonstrators from an Istanbul park.

The Confederation of Public Workers' Unions (KESK), which has some 240,000 members in 11 unions, and the Confederation of Revolutionary Trade Unions (DISK) announced the strike in a joint statement.

Three other groups representing doctors, engineers and dentists will also join the action, it said.

A union representative from the Doctors Association said only emergency work will continue.

The unrest in Turkey has so far left four people dead and about 5,000 injured, according to the Turkish Medical Association.