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    Armenian tombstones found in Istanbul's Taksim Square

    http://armenpress.am/eng/news/724451/armenian-tombstones-found-in-istanbuls-taksim-square.html
    11:26, 29 June, 2013

    YEREVAN, JUNE 29, ARMENPRESS. Armenian graves have been found in
    Istanbul's Taksim Square at the course of the construction
    activities. As reports "Armenpress" citing Turkish Demokrathaber.net,
    the Minister of Culture and Tourism of Turkey ├-mer ├=87elik and
    opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy Sezgin Tanrikulu
    stated this.

    Among other things the Minister of Culture and Tourism of Turkey ├-mer
    ├=87elik noted that 16 tombstones and walls of historic monuments
    dating back to the 19th century have been found at the course of the
    construction works. Experts from the Archaeology Museum of Turkey
    arrived at the square, after the tombstones were found.

    From 28 May 2013, protests raised against the plans of replacing
    Taksim Gezi Park with a reconstruction of the historic Taksim Military
    Barracks (demolished in 1940), with the possibility of housing a
    shopping mall. The protests developed into riots when a group
    occupying the park was attacked by police. The subjects of the
    protests have since broadened beyond the development of Taksim Gezi
    Park, developing into wider anti-government demonstrations. The
    protests have also spread to other cities in Turkey, and protests have
    been seen in other countries with significant Turkish communities. In
    31 May 2013, police suppressed the protesters with tear gas, arrested
    at least 60 people and injured hundreds. The police action received
    wide attention online. Protesters organized and gathered on ─░stiklal
    Avenue, reaching thousands on the night of 31 May. 5 men died in the
    clashes between the Police and the protestors, more than 7500 people
    were injured and 5 thousand - arrested.

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