The Turkish Interior Ministry called for common sense to ensure the traffic and transportation safety at the first business day of the week as protests against a development project at a green area in Istanbul's Taksim Square continued for a fourth straight day.
"Security forces didn't intervene the protests which started against the redevelopment of Istanbul's Taksim square and reached a worrisome level, until the incidents which began with good will turned into attacks," the ministry said in a statement.
Stating that the "false information and messages" shared via social media networks "misguided the youth," the ministry said "the protests initially started as a sit-in at the Taksim Gezi Park to protest the demolition but turned into big clashes that threatened the security of life and property of people."
Turkish Interior Muammer Guler said the protests left 115 security forces injured.
"235 protests were held in 67 separate provinces and 730 people were arrested. Some of those arrested were released, while others will be put on trial" Guler said.
Turkish police withdrew from Taksim Gezi Park early Sunday morning.