British travellers to Turkey have been warned to stay clear of demonstrations following a weekend of anti-government protests.

More than 1,700 people are reported to have been arrested during protests in 67 towns and cities across the country.

The major flashpoints have been in Istanbul and the capital of Ankara since Friday.

Police responded with tear gas and water cannon in an effort to disperse angry crowds.

Almost 484 protesters have been treated in hospitals in Istanbul since Friday, according to the Turkish Doctors’ Association,

The Foreign & Commonwelath Office, updating its travel advice on Saturday, said: “Following recent demonstrations in Istanbul and other cities in Turkey in which police used tear gas and water cannons, the possibility of further demonstrations remains high.

“We advise British nationals to avoid all demonstrations.”

The Turkish government last week passed legislation curbing the sale and advertising of alcoholic drinks.