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TODAY   |  June 12, 2013

Police, protesters clash in Istanbul’s Taksim Square

After a crackdown on Tuesday during which police charged into crowds of demonstrators in Taksim Square with tear gas and water cannons, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan plans to meet with some of the demonstrators today. NBC’s Richard Engel reports.

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>>> 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.