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There is breaking news now on Fox News Channel -- continuing to watch developments in Turkey.
And it at this hour -- 10 o'clock at night there.
The scenes are disturbing at best let's take a live look tear gas and fireworks in the streets of Istanbul today.
Hundreds of Turkish riot police back at protesters.
The twelfth straight day of demonstrations in a nation that is a key ally to the United States in the Middle East.
Police fired rubber bullets water cannons have been out of the streets tear gas to break up the crowds at Istanbul's main square.
I just as they clear the square and they've done so repeatedly the demonstrators returned from areas that are near there.
As the police moved back the people move back in.
And recently the protesters set off fireworks you may have seen.
It all started there nearly two weeks ago when cops raided a peaceful sit in against the government run plan to turn it.
This park into a mall.
That backfired and in a big way now the Turkish Prime Minister saying look.
-- one is saying you you have to back down we're not going to tolerate this anymore and now he's in there would this police trying to.
Try to break that the protesters up and and frankly thus far it is not working.
This has sparked a nationwide protests some of which have turned violent.
We have reports of at least three people dead thousands more hurt.
Some activists have demanded Turkey's prime minister stepped down now remember he is he's -- democratically elected he's been reelected three times he's gotten his.
His party widespread favor across the nation.
And frankly this is not the -- this approach says that many Middle Eastern observers would have expected.
They would have expected that this moderate who certainly leaning more toward the really decide.
Would face this sort of objection but he has remained defiant.
Vowing to go ahead with construction plans among those plans to rebuild military ballot I -- right here in the square.
-- in addition to build them all about which we've been speaking he's accusing extremists of manipulating the protests.
Leland bidder is -- this now with the rest of the story Leland.
And Jeb right now we have the battle of toxins squared his defiance the violence in the belligerency.
Our Prime Minister Gilani is just bringing thousands of more people out to the street and we seedy crowds growing air.
Inside -- -- we hear the loud cracks of rubber bullets and also those volleys of tear gassed the protesters.
That were peaceful when this whole thing began have been responding stones.
And Molotov cocktails in the riot police continue to put more and more people there into the square as -- the protesters that say.
They are not leaving and they have legitimate demand there may it may and now it seems to -- -- -- -- over.
Today prime minister trying to.
-- from what was aimed largely secular state now poured more of a religious -- and there's a lot of evidence here.
That the latest straw that broke the camel's back here in Turkey was the change.
Of the liquor -- -- -- Turkey dinner brought a lot of the -- and a lot of the secular you.
Out to the streets and that's who is there in tax and square right.
Now the prime minister has remained very defiant through all of this he says these protests are over I don't want to talk about it I don't wanna do -- about it that people need.
Tell me that is not gone over very well with the United States the rest of Europe which Turkey is trying to ally itself with which is a member of NATO with.
In this day and didn't this violence here they say is not conducive to prime minister who want who says -- -- -- democratically elected leader -- And indeed he is democratically elected elected leader of Leland thank you what would be mentioned this alcohol issue.
Prime minister aired -- one has be been trying to to feed all of the malice.
He's been trying to keep both sides of this argument actually there's more than two sides with both sides of this argument.
It's becoming a very western friendly nation people from across the Middle East now come to Istanbul for tourism.
In addition because of the western position of the country people from Europe in the United States vacation -- Istanbul in this symbol -- well it has always been a bridge city.
Going back to the Roman times and he is.
Set it up to be exactly that now.
But within his country he said many complaints from those -- who are more religious.
About alcohol policies so he's tried to have it both ways if you're looking at it from an outside perspective.
He's made some alcohol free zones this happened just in the last couple weeks.
In addition places where you can get alcohol alcohol it's extremely.
Expensive and highly taxed.
You if you go to some of the more popular clubs there for tourists we go to -- web -- you'll see that alcoholic beverages it the mixed drink would cost somewhere around.
The equivalent of 35 American dollars for one drink that's all by design to try to keep those who want alcohol out of the out of the populace happy.
While allowing the country to continue its western ways the economic boom in Turkey over his tenure has been astounding.
Turkey is a country that used to go from really one toppled government to the next the military was largely in charge of the country.
And it was typical for the military to come in and overthrow government wolf this prime minister -- -- one has.
Put -- put in place broad reforms in the military no longer does things like that.
The military police that are working for the state don't get involved in politics anymore it in large part.
-- now all of these people have come together and largely these are young people.
Young people who come to say we we like the west and his -- Turkey week.
We like the way this country's been working and we don't like you prime minister aired -- one changing things without consulting us.
And that really is what's been happening this building -- a -- in a small square this is the -- it's it's it's more Zuccotti Park that it is anything else.
But now -- moved to talk -- square.
This this particular -- wouldn't be like moving to DuPont Circle in Washington DC.
-- vastly equivalent but but you get my point.
And the prime minister and we can't have this we -- going to stop -- and today they've begun to do just that so that the water cannons moved in the tear gas moved it.
And largely to people were dispersed from this massive square.
But only for a matter of a few minutes.
For once the police stood down with those water cannons in the tear -- the people came from the neighborhoods around and -- claim that -- The prime minister said this will not stay in.
And this protest is over and this will stop.
The question is by what means.
And how violent might this get and how far might this spread to equate this to tie arrears square in Egypt would be frankly wrong.
You'd think this is largely a smaller -- but there are problems across the rest of the country.
In specific areas that have religious differences in the risks that could very well.
Grow because of this and that's what we're watching to see.
This this nation could not be much more important in this region than it is to United States eighty million people here.
It's as I mentioned it's it's been largely -- westernized and I want to get to Richard --
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