Violent Demonstrations Continue For Another Night In Turkish Capital Ankara (VIDEO)

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Pockets of anti-government protesters lit fires across the streets of Ankara on Saturday night, playing a game of cat-and-mouse with riot police who used water cannons to put them out.

Pockets of anti-government protesters lit fires across the streets of Ankara on Saturday night, playing a game of cat-and-mouse with riot police who used water cannons to put them out.

Police also fired tear gas towards masked protesters who gathered around bonfires and set off fireworks in a display of defiance.

The troubles that are now in their fifth night were not on the same scale as the weeks of rioting which rocked Turkey in June and July.

Protests have rumbled on intermittently since the summer, but intensified again this week after a 22-year old man, Ahmet Atakan, died during clashes with police in Antakya, near the border with Syria, early on Tuesday (September 10).

Atakan died after falling from a building, but investigations continue into the circumstances of his death.

The summer protests presented one of the biggest challenges to Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's rule since his Islamist-rooted AK Party first came to power a decade ago.

The latest unrest comes just six months before local elections.

Carbonated.TV