Police Use Tear Gas to Disperse Anti-Government Protesters in Istanbul

© REUTERS / Huseyin AldemirA couple runs away from tear gas used by riot police to disperse demonstrators during a protest in central Istanbul, Turkey, July 20, 2015.
A couple runs away from tear gas used by riot police to disperse demonstrators during a protest in central Istanbul, Turkey, July 20, 2015. - Sputnik International
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Turkish police used water cannons and tear gas Monday to disperse the anti-government protest rally in Istanbul that started, following the terrorist attack in the border city of Suruc, the Turkish Hurriyet newspaper reported.

ANKARA (Sputnik) — Earlier on Monday, a female suicide bomber detonated a bomb in a cafe in center of Suruc close to the Syrian border, killing 30 people and injuring more than 100. The explosion took place in front of the cultural center that serves as a gathering point for the Turkish Kurds who have planned to go to Syria and help rebuild the city of Kobani, that was damaged in attacks by the Islamic State extremists.

This photo taken on July 20, 2015 shows the scene after an explosion in the town of Suruc in Sanliurfa, on July 20, 2015, not far from the Syrian border - Sputnik International
Deadly Blast Hits Turkish City Of Suruc On Border With Syria

According to preliminary reports, the attack was carried out by the ISIL.

Later in the day, thousands of people gathered in Istanbul city center to protest against the attack in Suruc and the policy of the country’s government, that, in their opinion, does not do enough to prevent terrorism.

According to the Sendika news website, the protesters were chanting "ISIL – murderers, JDP [the Turkish ruling Justice and Development Party] – accomplices," while urging the government to resign.

At first, the police, reportedly, did not hamper the rally, but later used tear gas and water cannons to disperse it. One person was injured with a plastic bullet.

There have been no reports of arrests so far.

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