An undercurrent of explosive anger at the government of Turkey found a fuse on May 31 as a protest over the demolition of a public park in Istanbul quickly spread to other cities and encompassed simmering passions on broader issues in Turkish political life. Police have used tear gas and water canons to break up the protests, which have grown as demonstrators express opposition to what they view as the increasing authoritarianism of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Protestors clash with riot policemen on May 31, 2013 during a protest against the demolition of the Taksim Gezi Park in Taksim Square in Istanbul. Protesters shout anti-government slogans during a demonstration in Ankara on June 3, 2013. A man is hit by a water cannon during a protest against Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party.