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Large demonstrations have been held around Taksim Square in Istanbul since May 31, protesting at plans to convert the square's Gezi Park into a shopping mall.

Violent clashes took place each day with police. At the same time, news of the protest spread through social networks and opposition parties, and has become a challenge to the power of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

According to Turkish daily Taraf

The prime minister has not understood that people from all walks of life are in the street to say: ‘We don't want anything imposed on us.’