Report: Dozens detained in police raids in Turkey

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People shout anti-government slogans during a rally by the labor unions in Istanbul, Turkey, Monday, June 17, 2013. A day earlier, riot police cordoned off streets, set up roadblocks and fired tear gas and water cannons to prevent anti-government protesters from an effort to return to Taksim Square in Istanbul. Labor unions and political foes of Prime Minister Recep Erdogan rallied Monday by the thousands across Turkey, hoping to capitalize on weeks of protest that began as small-scale activism and parlay it into a chance to register broader discontent.(AP Photo)

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish news reports say police are carrying out raids and detaining people suspected of involvement in violence against police during a wave of anti-government protests.

NTV television says the raids in Ankara and Istanbul are targeting left-wing groups.

Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency said at least 25 people were detained in Ankara and many others in Istanbul.

Earlier, police detained a dozen people who stood still at Istanbul's Taksim Square in a form of passive defiance against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's authority after activists were ousted from a sit-in at a park over the weekend.

The wave of anti-government protest that has swept through Turkey starting May 31 has shaken the country's secular democracy.