Turkey

Istanbul 2020 Olympics Bid Organizers Still Confident About National Support

Despite nationwide anti-government protests centered in Istanbul

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Promoters of Istanbul's bid to host the 2020 Olympics say they're confident the Turkish people remain united behind their campaign despite fierce anti-government protests around the country in recent days.

The demonstrations grew out of anger over a violent police crackdown of a peaceful environmental protest at Istanbul's Taksim Square and spread to other Turkish cities. The government said some 1,000 people were detained during the protests. Hundreds were injured in the clashes.