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-- the feds are warning us Americans today -- we were considering traveling to Turkey be on the alert for sudden outbreaks of violence.
And not to join any large gatherings riot police in Turkey have been battling with -- anti government protesters were.
Four straight days now.
The video keeps pouring in demonstrators fighting with cops just hours ago near the main square in Istanbul.
The violence first erupted on Friday when officers raided a peaceful sit in.
But people who are out there demonstrating against a plan to turn -- park next to that square into a shopping mall.
The embattled Turkey prime minister is said to be very much the target of the outrage today he blamed.
For organizing the demonstrations.
That didn't go over well.
The country is a key US ally in the region and the White House and secretary of state John Kerry are voicing concerns that she thought for correspondent Jonathan Hunt is whether -- This feels like all the rest of those countries it's starting in the same sort of innocuous way.
-- it is and it has US officials very worried -- Turkey of course is a member of the NATO military alliance it is also a key -- known as the US continues to develop.
Its response to the ongoing civil war in neighboring Syria.
Prime minister -- one of Turkey walls in fact warmly welcomed.
Just a couple of weeks ago was he and President Obama discussed those sort of issues so now this violence that we see.
Inside Turkey and the prime minister's response to it has US officials weighing their woods very carefully listen.
-- -- very important ally.
And you know look all democracies have issues that they need to work through.
And we would expect the government to work through this in a way that respects.
The rights of their citizens.
-- Connie the white has also said that -- is very serious concern.
How bad the violence on the streets of -- -- and he -- on the whole sides.
Not to act provocatively ship.
Across the Middle East.
Things have begun with the one little place in one group of peaceful protesters this so far this is part of the script.
Yet it seems to be starting that way it began as you said.
Would this protest over a pot of being turned potentially into a shopping mall then it became this much much -- -- protest.
By those who believe the prime minister that one is exercising power in an increasingly authoritarian -- I'm beginning to move the country towards a more Islamist.
-- -- limiting the sale of alcohol for instance the prime minister pays pop says the protesters off you wouldn't -- but.
Nine even in outlook and extremist in nature but as we take.
A live look at -- seems play in the center of Istanbul tonight it is impossible to predict whether this is indeed.
An isolated and short lived protest or as we've seen in so many other countries in the region.
-- Turkey is headed toward some major instability that would be of great concern to the United States.
Yeah and the whole western world -- Jonathan thank you the protests have -- -- Gotten bad enough in Turkey that neighboring Syria has advised its people against traveling to that country.
The Foreign Ministry says that the warning is because of a deterioration.
In the security situation in Turkey.
Of course the United Nations estimates more than 200000 Syrians have traveled to Turkey is refugees to escape their own countries to -- -- civil war.
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