ROME, July 7 (Xinhua) -- An Italian photojournalist was detained by Turkish police during a demonstration in Taksim Square, the center of Istanbul, local media reported on Sunday.
Mattia Cacciatori, 24, was filming the thousands of protesters and police when he was arrested along with other people, according to L'Arena, a newspaper from the city of Verona which is the hometown of the photojournalist.
"They arrested me, I am in the van along with other people who have been arrested too, and we are being taken to the central station of Aksaray (a neighborhood in Istanbul)," Cacciatori was quoted as saying to his family through a text message.
According to ANSA news agency, the Italian foreign ministry has confirmed the detention and was working closely with the Italian consular authorities in the Turkish capital to have the photojournalist freed.
Last month, another Italian photographer, Daniele Stefanini, 29, was hospitalized and then placed in police custody in Istanbul before being released following an intervention by Italian diplomats. The photographer said he was treated "very badly" by Turkish police.
Protests in the Turkish capital started in May as environmentalists rallied to preserve Gezi Park which was to be replaced by a shopping center as part of an urban renewal plan.