A protester raises her fist and shouts during a demonstration on June 9, on Gundogdu Square in Izmir. Turkey's defiant Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told supporters on June 9 that his patience "has a limit" as he went on the offensive against mass protests to his Islamic-rooted government's decade-long rule. As tens of thousands of protesters massed in Istanbul, the capital Ankara and the western city of Izmir, in unrest now in its 10th day, Erdogan staged his own rallies across three cities to fire up loyalists of his ruling supremaist Justice and Development Party.
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• Riot police use tear gas to gain control of square overnight
• Deserted square strewn with wreckage of barricades
• Hundreds of protesters remain in Gezi Park
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Good morning and welcome to the Guardian’s live coverage of the continuing protests in Turkey.
• Taksim Square was largely deserted this morning after Turkish riot police using tear gas and water cannon battled protesters for control of the square in Istanbul overnight, hours after the prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, had demanded an immediate end to 10 days of demonstrations. The confrontation began just after dawn when hundreds of riot police on foot and in armoured crowd control vehicles approached the square, the start of some of the worst clashes of the current unrest. This morning it is raining in Istanbul and the square is strewn with the wreckage of bulldozed barricades. Taxis were able to cross it for the first time since the protests began.
• Several hundred protesters remain in an encampment of tents in Gezi Park, the green space next to Taksim Square that demonstrators are trying to save from being demolished to make way for a shopping centre; protests have since snowballed into a nationwide display of anger at Erdoğan’s increasingly authoritarian and Islamist style. It is not clear whether the protesters will attempt to return to Taksim Square today, as they have previously. Three people have died in 10 days of unrest, and according to the Turkish Medical Association almost 5,000 people have been wounded.
• Erdoğan is due to meet a group of public figures about the protests this afternoon, but the demonstrators do not consider themselves represented by this group. The prime minister has taken a consistently hardline stance towards the demonstrators, calling them “riff-raff”, warning he would not “kneel” before them and telling them yesterday: “This Tayyip Erdoğan won’t change.” He has blamed the protests on a foreign conspiracy and financial profiteers.
• Faced with a choice between engaging with this new, vibrant civil society movement or crushing it, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has picked the latter course, writes Luke Harding, drawing parallels between the Turkish prime minister’s reaction to his citizens’ revolt and another autocratic leader: Vladimir Putin.
Thousands of Turkish lawyers in black robes “stormed out” of their courthouses today, according to the Associated Press, in protest against their colleagues’ treatment by the police during the protests.
Yesterday more than 50 lawyers were dragged on to buses by police after staging a sit-in to support the demonstrators. They were later released.
"Lawyers can't be dragged on the ground!" the demonstrating lawyers shouted as they marched out of an Istanbul courthouse. Riot police stood off to the side, shields at the ready.
Turkey's Human Rights Foundation said the Istanbul Public Prosecutor's office had launched an investigation into allegations of excessive use of police force during the protests.
The foundation said 620 people, including a one-year-old baby, were injured during the police crackdown early this morning. Police detained some 70 people during the incidents.Turkish lawyers march in support of anti-government protests in Ankara today. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images