ISTANBUL, Dec. 27 (Xinhua) -- More than 1,000 policemen dispersed anti-government protesters with tear gas, rubber bullet and water cannon in Istanbul's central Taksim square and nearby streets on Friday night.
Some 10,000 people staged the protests in Istanbul, demanding Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his government to step down.
This is the third large scale protest in the city within a week.
Besides Istanbul, thousands of people in Turkey's other cities, including Ankara, Izmir, Mersin and Antakya also took to the streets demanding the resignation of the government.
The protesters, referring to the latest corruption scandal that rocked the country, shouted "Police help, here are the thieves."
Police tried to disperse the crowd and prevent them from marching toward the symbolic Taksim square while riot police cordoned off the square and closed the nearby Gezi Park.
Some of the nearby ports have also been closed in the night to prevent more protesters from joining the Taksim protest.
Taksim Platform, the biggest civil society organization behind the resistance movement of the Gezi Park protests in June, called on people to take to the streets on Friday and come to Taksim.
On Dec. 17, Turkey was rocked by the country's largest ever bribery investigation, in which sons of four cabinet members were detained and a huge amount of money was seized by authorities in their houses.
Three ministers involved in the graft probe resigned. Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan then reshuffled his cabinet after his meeting with President Abdullah Gul.