Protesters and police clash in Istanbul's Taksim Square

A Turkish protestor protects himself as fireworks explode on Istiklal Avenue on December 27, 2013, during clashes between the Turkish police and protestors. Police blocked hundreds of protesters from gathering in Istanbul's central Taksim Square and pushed them away to the nearby streets. A high-level bribery and corruption investigation involving close government allies has led to a new outpouring of anger against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government.