tulsas largest city, Istanbul, is the focal point of a series of protests on March 6 and 8, following the installation of an 11-kilometer buffer zone between the capital and the country’s largest city and a nationwide curfew imposed by Turkey’s government in response to the Gezi protests.
On Sunday, the police launched a counter-offensive against demonstrators.
Some 500,000 people have been arrested, and tens of thousands of people have since been deployed in the capital.
While the clashes have so far been peaceful, they have also led to an increase in violence.
The violence has spilled over into Istanbul’s Taksim Square, where some demonstrators threw firebombs and bottles at the police and set fire to a police station.
The police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowds, as well as tear gas canisters.
The protests have been a significant setback for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who had promised to keep Gezi Square open, and he has blamed the protests on a coup attempt.
He has said he will seek a pardon from President Binali Yildirim to remove Erdogan from office.
In a television interview on Monday, Erdogan said that the protests are a plot by the opposition and the United States, which are trying to destabilize Turkey.
“It’s a very dangerous game and we should avoid it,” Erdogan said.
“The protests are the work of the United State and its allies.”
Gezi has been one of the most significant events in Turkish politics since the July 15 failed coup attempt that killed Erdogan and more than 100 of his closest aides.
Protests over the installation and removal of a buffer zone around the capital have been raging since late July, and the demonstrations have grown in size since.
In addition to the clashes in Taksil Square, hundreds of protesters have clashed with police in the streets of the capital, Ankara.
The government says more than 1,000 demonstrators have been detained, including more than 200 people who were detained for blocking a major highway.
Protesters also have been hit by stones, and many have been injured.
According to the Turkish Health Ministry, more than 400 people have died in the protests, which began on July 8.
The military has said that security forces have killed and wounded at least 14 protesters.