06/11/2013 03:39 pm ET

Taksim Square Protests: Man In Wheelchair Targeted With Water Cannon During Demonstration (VIDEO)

As violence erupted in Turkey's Taksim Square Tuesday, riot police used tear gas and doused dozens with water cannons. Though the brutal tactics used to subdue demonstrators are shocking in their own right, a video of one particular man apparently being targeted by Turkish police may be among the most striking footage of the Taksim Square protests.

In the video, posted on YouTube by ITV News, a man in a wheelchair appears to be the direct target of water cannon fire as he is doused with the heavy spray.

A Vine user also captured a short clip of the footage that was broadcast on local television.

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Taksim Square was marked by a heavy police presence Tuesday as riot forced moved in, driving tens of thousands of protesters into adjacent streets and the nearby Gezi Park.

Turkish protesters have occupied the Istanbul location for nearly two weeks, while anti-government demonstrations have spread across the country. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has retained his critical stance against the protests, labeling those involved "looters" in a speech Sunday.



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