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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 women 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.
-- -- -- -- -- you you have to back down we're not going to tolerate this anymore and now he's in there with his 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.
He's 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've 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 -- -- 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 -- street and we seedy crowds growing air.
Inside -- -- and we hear the loud cracks of rubber bullets and also those volleys of tear -- 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 they're making that may and now it seems mean rising over.
Today prime minister trying to.
Turkey from what was a largely secular state now towards more of a religious state 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 laws there in 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 the sense that these this violence here they say is not conducive to prime minister who want who says he is a democratically elected leader -- And indeed he is democratically elect him.
Let elected leader of -- and thank you.
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