Reports: Turkish police leave Istanbul square

June 1, 2013
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Riot police on the scene where demonstrators were staging a sit-in to prevent the uprooting of trees at an Istanbul park, in Ankara, Turkey, early Saturday, June 1, 2013. Turkey's government on Saturday appeared to be trying to placate demonstrators on the second day of anti-government demonstrations, even as police let off more tear gas and pressurized water against protesters trying to reach a main square in Istanbul or the Parliament building in the capital, Ankara. The protests grew out of anger at heavy-handed police tactics to break up a peaceful sit-in by people trying to protect a park in Istanbul's main Taksim square on Friday. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's state-run agency says police have begun withdrawing from a main Istanbul square and have allowed thousands of protesters in.

Private Dogan news agency said police on Saturday removed barricades placed around the square to prevent anti-government protests.

The Anadolu Agency says police were leaving Taksim square, after brief scuffles with protesters who hurled fireworks at withdrawing officers.