Turkey starts building controversial mosque in Istanbul square

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Construction began on Friday of a mosque in Istanbul’s central Taksim square, a controversial project championed by Turkey ‘s President Tayyip Erdogan but mired in years of court battles and public debate.

Cranes moved into the site and first cement was poured at a modest ground-breaking ceremony on the edge of the square, long a rallying point for demonstrations, as riot police with armoured vehicles and water cannon stood guard.

The square was at the heart of large anti-government protests in June 2013, when hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets to...


Turkey starts building controversial mosque in Istanbul square


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