TODAY | June 12, 2013
>>> breaking news in turkey overnight where antigovernment protestors and police are engaging in a new round of violent clashes. richard engle is in istanbul this morning. good morning.
>> reporter: good morning. there's an uneasy calm right now in taksim square . no gas at the moment and traffic returned to the square. there is a heavy security presence but unlike yesterday right now the riot police are just standing the guard. the question is will this last? because there are protestors still here as well. a few thousand protestors stayed the night in taksim square through all the tear gas and water cannons.
>> it was so terrible. it was like war, you know.
>> reporter: and then making it worse, it rained overnight. still the protestors want to stay calling supporters to join them repairing their tents and showing a resilience that has both surprised and infuriated the turkish prime minister .
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>> reporter: with no clashes in the early morning today people came to survey the damage. police watching close by. radicals had attacked several banks and taksim square , the commercial center of istanbul looked wounded. he says the vandalism is truth he sbatelling troublemakers and not protestors with a cause and has shown to tolerance for them ordering a crack down that looked to be heavy handed. for 24 hours riot police fired volley after volley of tear gas . police charged into the crowd causing a stampede. some fell. many were injured. today prime minister erdogan is meeting with them and they prepare for calm. if the calm lasts, the worst maybe over.