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Protesters face tear gas, water cannons, and machete-wielding assailants in Taksim Park

Tear gas and water cannons rained down on roughly 3000 protesters Saturday as Turkish police attacked a group of demonstrators assembled in Istanbul’s Taksim Square.

The demonstrators were attempting to enter the adjacent Gezi Park, a section of green space that the government had planned to raze and replace with a shopping center sparking a month of protests and fierce backlash by law enforcement.

According to AFP, Saturday’s organizers were planning to break through police cordons of the park and serve a notice to authorities of a court decision that has annulled the redevelopment plans—what many are considering a victory for the protests, though the court’s decision is not yet final.

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