AP PHOTOS: Images of massive protest in Istanbul

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A street vendor sells umbrellas in front of destroyed police cars at the Taskim square in Istanbul, Sunday, June 2, 2013. Protests in Istanbul and several other Turkish cities appear to have subsided, after days of fierce clashes following a police crackdown on a peaceful gathering as protesters denounced what they see as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's increasingly authoritarian style. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Demonstrations across Turkey were ignited by a violent police crackdown on a peaceful sit-in to prevent the uprooting of trees at Istanbul's Taksim Square.

In these AP images, Turkish protesters clash with riot police as smoke rises in the darkness near the former Ottoman palace, Dolmabahce. In Taksim Square, a street vendor sells umbrellas in front of overturned police cars. Thousands march in the square, waving flags and banners in a sea of people.

Here are images from the protests: