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Clashes in Turkey over education policies

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Riot police in the Turkish capital of Ankara fired smoke grenades and water cannons on Saturday to disperse thousands of protesters demonstrating against the government's education policies.

Around three thousand protesters gathered in Ankara's Tandogan square attempting to march to the Ministry of Education headquarters to demonstrate against government policies ahead of teachers' day.

The protest comes after the government of Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan suggested a series of new education legislation and regulation, sparking controversy among the public.

Two weeks ago, Erdogan said new regulations could be drawn up to stop male and female students from living together, triggering accusations of religiously inspired interference in peoples' private lives.

The government had already shut down mixed accommodations in 75 percent of state-run student dormitories and Erdogan said he could also authorize local governo

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