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Turkey: Protesters Hold First Iftar, Continue Demonstrations
Turkish demonstrators gathered a few hundred meters away from an "iftar" event in Taksim Square along İstiklal Avenue for their own iftar meal.
Istanbul's Beyoğlu Municipality placed tables in Taksim Square for the first meal of the holy month of Ramadan instead of setting up an "iftar" tent in Gezi Park as in previous years.
Meanwhile, another fast-breaking event was organized by the Anti-Capitalist Muslims, a religious group who has been involved with the Gezi Park protests, where their table stretched half the length of İstiklal Avenue.
Hundreds of people joined the event, while police formed barricades with the infamous TOMAs, the water cannon trucks that were widely used to quell the protests, around the demonstrators' iftar table.
After the meal, demonstrators returned to the park that had been sealed off for three weeks after the eviction of protesters.
Some protesters gathered for a few minutes at the park's Taksim Square entrance, chanting slogans, after which a large crowd gathered inside the park.
Source: News Agencies, edited by website team
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