Turkish police fired tear gas and used water cannon to disperse hundreds of people protesting against the International Monetary Fund and World Bank annual meetings in Istanbul on Tuesday.
Riot police armed with shields and firing gas canisters rushed to disperse protesters in Taksim square, only a few hundred metres (yards) from the IMF-World Bank meetings.
Police detained eight people for throwing petrol bombs near the convention centre where finance ministers, central bankers and economists have been meeting to discuss the global economy.
Demonstrators held aloft a black banner saying "IMF-DB (World Bank) go home".
Protesters huddled in hotel and shop entrances rubbing their eyes affected tear by gas fired into the crowd by riot police. Some covered their faces with red scarves. The main pedestrian Istiklal street was empty as people fled the clashes.
The intervention of police is still continuing in back streets in the district.
The protest was organized by Confederation of Public Employees Trade Unions (KESK), Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey (DISK) and Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects (TMMOB).
Istanbul is hosting annual meetings of IMF and World Bank. Preparatory meetings were held between September 28 and October 5. Nearly 15,000 people from 186 countries are expected to attend the IMF-World Bank annual meetings.
Turkey, except for the U.S., is the first country that is hosting IMF-World Bank annual meetings for the second time.
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