Anti-corruption demonstration turns violent in Istanbul

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STORY: Anti-government demonstrations on the streets of Istanbul's Kadikoy district, denouncing a spiralling corruption scandal, broke into clashes late on Wednesday.

Turkish riot police used water cannon and smoke grenades to disperse angry crowds who hurled stones and empty bottles at them.

The demonstration which had started out peacefully saw protesters chant slogans and wave banner calling for the government to resign.

Demonstrators also hit Ankara and Izmir over the corruption scandal that has posed an unprecedented challenge to Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's 11-year rule.

The crisis erupted on Dec. 17 when dozens of people, including of the head of state-run Halkbank, were arrested on graft charges. Erdogan responded by purging police investigators. The ensuing feud with the judiciary reignited long-simmering street protests and rattled foreign investors.

Erdogan reshuffled his cabinet late on Wedne

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