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Turkey sees most violent riots in decades

Riots sweep Turkey, slaughterhouse blaze kills Chinese workers, and John Kerry takes on two of the world’s most complex conflicts. Today is Monday, June 3, and this is the World Wrap, brought to you by @dwbronner and @clarerrrr.

Anti-government protesters clash with riot police as they try to march to the office of Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul, early June 3, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer. Click here for more photos.

Thousands jailed over Turkey’s most violent riots in decades. Protesters rallied in Ankara following days of violent demonstrations by tens of thousands throughout Turkey, prompted initially by the government’s plan to demolish Gezi Park and stoked by citizen concerns that Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan is taking advantage of his power:

Now in his last term as prime minister, Erdogan is trying to leave his stamp on Turkey by recasting foreign policy, overhauling the constitution and even transforming the ancient Istanbul skyline. But some, including former supporters, accuse him of growing increasingly authoritarian, muzzling the media, tightening his AK party’s grip on state institutions and putting religion at the center of politics in violation of Turkey’s secular constitution.

Hundreds were injured in the weekend clashes as riot police fired tear gas at demonstrators and piles of rubble blocked entry to the area. Steven A. Cook and Michael Koplow write in Foreign Policy that the protests should alert Washington that Turkey is not as democratic as it appears. Erdogan blamed the protests on “extremist elements” and called for calm, as Turkish markets slumped in response to the chaos.

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East Timor Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao (L) mingles with Indonesia’s Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro (R) and U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (C) before the keynote address of the 12th International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Asia Security Summit: The Shangri-La Dialogue, in Singapore, May 31, 2013. REUTERS/Edgar Su

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Forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad carry their weapons as they move during what they said was an operation to push rebels from the road between Dahra Abd Rabbo village and Castello in Aleppo, May 27, 2013. REUTERS/George Ourfalian

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Wali-ur-Rehman (C), deputy Pakistani Taliban leader, who is flanked by militants speaks to a group of reporters in Shawal town, that lies between North and South Waziristan region in the northwest bordering Afghanistan, July 28, 2011. REUTERS/Saud Mehsud

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A Free Syrian Army fighter stands on the rubble of buildings damaged by what activists said were missiles fired by Syrian Air Force fighter jets loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in Salqin city, Idlib governorate, May 28, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

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President Barack Obama speaks about his administration’s counterterrorism policy at the National Defense University at Ft. McNair in Washington, May 23, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing

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A police officer carries flowers near the scene of the killing of a British soldier in Woolwich, southeast London, May 23, 2013. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

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Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) and then First Vice President Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie attend a ceremony in Tehran, July 22, 2009.  REUTERS/Yalda Moaiery

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Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt gestures as he speaks at his genocide trial at the Supreme Court of Justice in Guatemala City, May 9, 2013. REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez

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Boys walk along a damaged street filled with debris in Deir al-Zor, May 19, 2013.  REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

Proxy war personified. Syrian activists said around 30 Hezbollah fighters and 20 Syrian soldiers were killed in a battle in Qusair, a rebel stronghold near the Lebanese border.

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