Riot police target pockets of Istanbul protesters

Police fire tear gas as riot police spray water cannon at demonstrators who remained defiant after authorities evicted activists from an Istanbul park, making clear they are taking a hardline against attempts to rekindle protests that have shaken the country, near city's main Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, June 16, 2013.(AP Photo )

Police fire tear gas as riot police spray water cannon at demonstrators who remained defiant after authorities evicted activists from an Istanbul park, making clear they are taking a hardline against attempts to rekindle protests that have shaken the country, near city's main Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, June 16, 2013.(AP Photo )

ISTANBUL (AP) — Riot police are spraying water cannon and tear gas in Istanbul to disperse pockets of protesters on the sidelines of a demonstration called by labor groups.

Two major labor confederations called strikes and protests across Turkey on Monday in support of activists critical of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Police ousted the activists from Istanbul's Gezi Park over the weekend.

Monday's sweep by police on the side streets off Taksim Square comes hours after the interior minister warned that anyone joining unlawful demonstrations would "bear the legal consequences."

Meanwhile, images from Dogan news agency showed crowds of government supporters facing down some protesters. Some chanted "the hands targeting the police should be broken."
Associated Press
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