ISTANBUL (AP) — Riot police with water cannons and tear gas are hitting protesters who remain defiant after authorities evicted activists from an Istanbul park.
Sunday's clampdown indicated authorities were taking a hardline against attempts to rekindle the protests.
In Istanbul, police battled protesters in side streets off Gezi Park and beyond.
Meanwhile, what was left of the two-week sit-in was bulldozed and police sealed off the area. Hundreds of white-helmeted riot police swept through the park and adjacent Taksim Square yesterday to clear out the protesters.
In Ankara, the capital, police dispersed hundreds who tried to hold a memorial service for an activist who died of injuries sustained in a nearby police crackdown nearby on June 1.
It was the second major sweep against suspected members of the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front, or DHKP-C, since January. It wasn't immediately clear if the arrests were directly linked to the embassy bombing which killed a Turkish security guard on Feb. 1.
The Anadolu Agency said Tuesday police were arresting dozens of people in 28 provinces across Turkey.
The DHKP-C has claimed responsibility for assassinations and bombings since the 1970s but had been relatively quiet in recent years.