A series of protests in Turkey against the government of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has rocked that country since May 28, rattling investor confidence and hurting the country's currency.
The protesters, a loosely organized group of political liberals, secularists, students and professionals, have accused Erdogan and his AKP party of adhering increasingly to the demands of the party's conservative, religious elements. However, Erdogan remains popular in Turkey as a whole and has vowed not to back down from the protesters whom he variously labels as terrorists, vandals or saboteurs.
Many of the following images come from part-time photographer Charles Emir Richards, who posted them on June 2 on his Facebook page, with the message, "You don't need my permission to share the photos. I think it is especially important that people outside of Turkey share them to let it be known what is going on here."
Here, a protester with a slingshot stands behind a protective barrier from police. Click ahead for more scenes from the Turkish protests.
By Ted Kemp, CNBC.com
Posted 11 June 2013, updated 12 June
Protesters huddle under a monument to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish secular state, in Istanbul's Taksim Square as police move in on June 11.
Protesters gather in Taksim Square on June 11.
Turkish police are engulfed in a cloud of tear gas on June 11.
A protester attacks a water-blasting police vehicle on June 11.
A protester runs with a tear gas canister on June 11.
Two protesters in makeshift gas masks assist each other.
Turkish police fire tear gas at protesters in Taksim Square on June 11.
Protesters set a Turkish police vehicle on fire in Istanbul.
A protester hurls a canister of tear gas back into police ranks.
Police make a push to clear Taksim Square in Istanbul on June 11.
A protester takes cover behind a placard bearing the first name of Turkey's prime minister, Tayyip Erdogan.
A protester wears an Anonymous mask at Taksim Square in Istanbul on June 5.
A Turkish protester stands before a fire in Istanbul on June 2.
A Turkish police officer fires tear gas on the night of June 2.
A group of police officers, some bearing protective shields, charges toward protesters on June 2.