Police block entry to Istanbul park on protest anniversary

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish authorities have deployed thousands of police to block entry into Istanbul’s Gezi Park, barring access to a few hundred demonstrators trying to mark the second anniversary of the start of the nationwide anti-government protests in 2013.Holding carnations and shouting slogans, the protesters tried Sunday to march to Istanbul’s main square where Gezi is located, but were blocked by police. They dispersed after delivering speeches and leaving carnations on a street leading to the square. Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   Parents, stop beating yourself upcenter_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Sponsored Stories Hundreds of thousands of Turks took to the streets denouncing the government’s increasingly autocratic leadership in late May and June 2013. The protests were sparked by opposition to government plans to uproot trees at Gezi to build a shopping center. Thousands were wounded and at least 12 people died in protests that year.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top holiday drink recipeslast_img