15 detained related to Turkey's Gazi protests

ANKARA, July 5 (Xinhua) -- Fifteen people were detained on Friday in five provinces across Turkey on charges of "being members of a terrorist group" in the recent Gezi Park demonstrations, Turkish Today's Zaman reported.
   Local police Friday morning raided 17 locations and detained 15 people in the provinces of Izmir, Ankara and Istanbul, said the report.

    The detained were charged with damaging buildings, vehicles and throwing Molotov cocktails and stones at police during the demonstrations.
   According to the police, they were members of the extremist groups including the Communist Labor Party of Turkey and the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party/Front.

   The protests began in Turkey's biggest city of Istanbul as an attempt to preserve Gezi Park on May 31 and quickly snowballed into widespread demonstrations against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's leadership.   Clashes between police and protesters across the country have killed at least five people, injured some 5,000, and thousands were detained.

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