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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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:iconpatrickmonnier:
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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:icondougnz:
DougNZ Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
Well said and quite true. Even more so as I have since found out the woman in shorts lying on the ground has since died of her injuries :(
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feigenfrucht Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh no :cling: How horrible. I ask myself more and more why all this happens in the world. Might and money - this is what I think.
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:icondougnz:
DougNZ Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
Yes, lust for power and money
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feigenfrucht Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I get more and more angry about this circumstances.
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Orkideh84 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fuck the police. -_-

My support goes for the protesters!
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DougNZ Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
:thumbsup:
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hayley--jade Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is horrible.
I'm glad you're bringing attention to it.
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DougNZ Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
Thanks, let's hope things don't get more violent :(
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Hermetic-Wings Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Canan linked you to me and I am soimpressed by your kind support.
All the things was a innocent protest for a wellkonw park project but the governement insist about the plan. And the protesters are tortured by the police...
Hospitals, all cafeterias hotels and retayurants aroun the Taxim square are free their internet account to help to retransmit the news from Gezi park. Now ı ma going to follow what's the recent situtaton...
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DougNZ Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
It's so sad to see such brutality from the govt & police who are supposed to be the servant and protector of the people, but corrupted by greed. Same all around the world, but we will overcome!
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Hermetic-Wings Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
that's what we hope to have soon without many young life being disturbed :nod:
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StamatisGR Featured By Owner May 31, 2013   Photographer
Us Greeks know very well what police brutality is. We have felt it on our skins very often lately. We support our neighbors and prey for them.
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DougNZ Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Yes, unfortunately greed and lust for power are universal traits :(
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fotogg Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Professional Photographer
Great photos :)
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MARX77 Featured By Owner May 31, 2013   Photographer
More power to the people of Türkiye! :horns:
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arslanalp Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
02:30 a.m protests are rising from all part of the city.
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DougNZ Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
I just read in The Guardian "amateur video footage showed Turkish military personnel refusing to help the riot police, as well as handing out gas masks to demonstrators. There were also reports that some of the police had switched sides and joined the protests"
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arslanalp Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
yes it is!
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EarthHart Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
And Turkey wants to be a member of the European Union. NO WAY! Here's some news-film, from the BBC [link]
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:icondougnz:
DougNZ Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Yeah, nearly as bad as the Brits ;-)
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EarthHart Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Our Bobbies aren't that bad, and our Human Rights record is far far better.
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DougNZ Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Mate, my late mum was English so I'm obviously not saying this as I'm anti-Brit, but let's get real - the whole history of Britain is a dire story of colonisation, exploitation, invasion, theft and every other human rights abuse you can think of right up to the present moment. Blair was a war criminal, like most of his predecessors and also the incumbent, and even just the other day Amnesty International said: Britain has ‘lost the moral high ground’ on human rights after colluding in torture.
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EarthHart Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
At least we didn't put down the indigenous populations, like in Australia & New Zealand.
And I agree about Blair. He's a right bastard.
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Orkideh84 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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DougNZ Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
This?
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arslanalp Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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adkahraman Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Thank you...
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Canankk Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Thank you Doug for your great support. :iconhrtplz:
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DougNZ Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Thanks for the info Canan, it looks like it's gonna be a tough fight...
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adkahraman Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Thank you Doug...
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DougNZ Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
You're welcome Ahmet, what a tragedy..
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Batsceba Featured By Owner May 31, 2013   Photographer
incredible :(
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DougNZ Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Terrible.... :(
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arslanalp Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
According to last news the girl in second photo most likely will die.
Over 500 hundred casulities are reported.
The Third photo shows a photographer (who shoot the fourth photo as far as I am informed)
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DougNZ Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
What a tragedy, the poor girl looks dead already. 500 casualties??!!
The way the police spray the girl in the red dress is shocking, like she is a cockroach. But the other woman still shows love by offering them pizza, very moving images from a wonderful country with some terrible authority figures
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arslanalp Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Doug for your valuable support and humanity
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DougNZ Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
The positive thing for me is to see the spirit and courage of the Turkish people.
And with people like that the government will always lose, they never seem to learn that lesson.
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Batsceba Featured By Owner May 31, 2013   Photographer
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RezzanATAKOL Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Thank you so much for your great support. it is going to be a war here in istanbul.Many people will protest goverment tomorrow again.Taksim still fighting!The goverment dont let to follow the news alive!
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DougNZ Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
It's really sickening Rezzan, if I was there I'd be at the front!
It's not just a Turkish problem this shit is happening all over the world! It's good to see the Turkish people have the courage to fight back
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