Turkish protesters aren't the only ones getting teargassed by police during recent protests. As photos from recent demonstrations reveal, police have also teargassed dogs.

The photos of protesters helping dogs recover from the tear gas have widely circulated on social media. While it's likely that these dogs were caught in the crossfire when police fired tear gas at the masses, the photos show the extent to which local authorities have gone to subdue those involved in the demonstrations.

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Turkish protesters help a dog who was teargassed during a clash with police. (Photo via Imgur)

Police have turned to tear gas and water cannons to keep protesters at bay during large demonstrations that spread throughout the country following a protest over plans for development in Istanbul's Gezi Park last week. In one particular incident that was caught on tape and posted online Monday, riot police appear to fire a tear gas canister directly at a demonstrator; and the projectile hits him head-on in the face.

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan is set to return to the country on Thursday, after a four-day visit to North Africa. Reuters reports that protesters had gathered near the airport in Istanbul in anticipation of the leader's arrival.

Though many have called on Erdogan to apologize for the brut show of police strength, the prime minister has not wavered in his critical view of the unrest, recently calling those involved "looters." However, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc did apologize for "excessive force" by police during the initial Taksim Square gathering.

See more photos of dogs participating in the Turkish protests below.

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  • A woman opens her arms as police use a water cannon to disperse protestors on June 1, 2013 during a protest against the demolition of Taksim Gezi Park in Istanbul. (FATIH KECE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A protester holds a Turkish flag decorated with the image of Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, during clashes near Taksim Square in Istanbul, late Monday, June 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis)

  • Turkish riot police officer fires tear gas during clashes with protestors between Taksim and Besiktas in Istanbul on June 3, 2013 during a demonstration against the demolition of the park. (BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A man runs as riot police use tear gas and pressurized water to quash a peaceful demonstration by hundreds of people staging a sit-in protest to try and prevent the demolition of trees at an Istanbul park, Turkey, Friday, May 31, 2013. (AP Photo)

  • In this Thursday, May 30, 2013 photo, a man seen wearing a make-shift gas-mask hours before riot police use tear gas and pressurized water to quash a peaceful demonstration by hundreds of people staging a sit-in protest to try and prevent the demolition of trees at an Istanbul park, Turkey. (AP Photo)

  • A couple wearing gas masks walk at a street between Taksim and Besiktas in Istanbul on June 4, 2013 during a demonstration against the demolition of the park. (ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Protestors clash with riot police near Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan office, between Taksim and Besiktas in Istanbul, on June 3, 2013, during a demonstration against the demolition of the park. (GURCAN OZTURK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Fenerbahce and Galatasaray football teams supporters chant slogans against the goverment on June 1, 2013, during a protest against the demolition of Taksim Gezi Park, in istiklal in Istanbul. (OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Protestors clash with Turkish riot policemen on May 31, 2013 during a protest against the demolition of the Taksim Gezi Park in Taksim Square in Istanbul. (GURCAN OZTURK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Tourists gasp for breath as Turkish protestors and riot policemen clash on June 1, 2013, during a protest against the demolition of Taksim Gezi Park, in Taksim Square in Istanbul. (BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)