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Istanbul: Turkish riot police used tear gas and water cannon in a dawn raid Friday to end a peaceful sit-in by hundreds of people trying to prevent trees from being uprooted at an Istanbul park. The move ignited furious protests and clashes that injured at least 12 people.
The protesters were demanding the square's Gezi Park be protected from plans that include the construction of a shopping mall. Many also aired grievances against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Islamic-rooted government, which has been seen as displaying increasingly authoritarian tendencies in its third successive term.
Protesters in Gezi Park held up a large poster Friday with a caricature depicting Erdogan as an Ottoman sultan with a caption that read: "The people won't yield to you."
Erdogan dismissed the protesters' demands, saying the government would go ahead with the renovation plans "no matter what they do."
The dawn raid was the latest in a series of aggressive crackdown on protests. Human rights activists frequently accuse Turkish police of using inordinate force to break up protests and of excessively using tear gas and pepper spray against protesters.
Sources: Canankk RezzanATAKOL NDTV www.ndtv.com/article/world/tur… Occupygezi  occupygezipics.tumblr.com/















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PatrickMonnier Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
Powerful images, thank you for sharing!
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cameraflou Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
thank you to share ! Shame on turkish Government... and many others who know only the repression !
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Pierre-Lagarde Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
Thank you to share these documents :(
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e-l-a-n-i Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
the photos are shocking, although I'm not surprised to see this kind of reaction from the Turkish government. The same things happen in Greece. :(
thanks for spreading the news Doug.
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DougNZ Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
Thanks Eleni, they are shocking but how much worse to be there! The Greek police are pretty hard ass too, aren't they?
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olympiadakasatou Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Resist people!!! Is the only way for us, the simple ones on earth, to protest the injustice!!!
We are together even if we are far :hug:
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DougNZ Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
:iconprotestplz::iconprotestplz::iconprotestplz:
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feigenfrucht Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot for sharing this important information. I've read the information here in the German newspaper but this pictures are much more impressing than all text can be.
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DougNZ Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
Sad photos but very powerful ones
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feigenfrucht Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Often I forgot while hearing news in the radio or TV, that there are individual kismets behind them - this pictures are giving me since a long time the feeling that there are people not news. Indeed really really sad but they have waken me up with their impressive way. I'm interested in politics, but maybe you know this feeling of too much bad news in the world and that it's easier to close the eyes and "sleep". This journal gave me the impuls to be again more sensitized and to think about the stories behind the news.
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