May 31, 2013: Occupy Gezi Park Rally in Central Istanbul
12 people have been seriously injured and hundreds suffered respiratory problems after police attacked protesters with tear gas and water cannon in an attempt to break up an Occupy Gezi Park rally in central Istanbul – READ MORE http://on.rt.com/4zw4g1
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May 31, 2013: Police use tear gas and water cannon against protesters occupying Gezi Park in Taksim, Istanbul.
May 31, 2013: Captured from live video, early in the morning in Istanbul – video from both sides of the conflict.
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“Protests swept Turkey on Friday and deep into Saturday morning as thousands of protesters called on prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to resign.
What began as a demonstration against a shopping mall project turned into one of the biggest challenges in recent years to Mr Erdogan’s rule, as whole districts of Istanbul resounded to the banging of pots and pans into the early hours of the morning. Drivers hit car horns in support of the demonstrators.
For more than 12 hours Turkish police had sprayed tear gas against crowds trying to reach Taksim square in the centre of the city. There were widespread reports of injuries among protesters and bystanders.
Protests sprang up in other cities including Ankara, the capital, but Turkish television reporters largely avoided broadcasting coverage of the events. Many local journalists complain they are under pressure to censor the news.
Friday night’s protests followed a day of confrontation sparked off when demonstrators seeking to prevent a park adjoining Taksim square from being converted into a shopping mall were evicted from the site. Tear gas was then used on them during a peaceful sit-down protest in the main square.
Plumes of tear gas could seen rising above the square. A soldier was photographed handing out surgical masks to help protesters escape the gas.” Read More FT.
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Police crackdown on protesters continues in Istanbul Taksim Square.<br><br>
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Police crackdown on protesters continues in Istanbul Taksim Square.
Police forces attacked Taksim Gezi Park protesters at dawn with tear gas and violence for a second consecutive day this morning in a new attempt to disperse crowds protesting the planned construction of a new mall.
The police are currently using tear gas and water cannons against the protesters in Taksim, pushing the demonstrators onto the road heading to Şişli.
Protesters have been staging an “Occupy Gezi Park” since May 26 to prevent the demolition of the park, and police forces continued efforts to end the protest, conducting a dawn raid similar to the one conducted on May 30.
Protesters had to escape to nearby streets to shelter from the tear gas. A wall that protesters attempted to climb over collapsed, leaving a number of people badly injured.
According to social media reports, police continued to pursue protesters in various directions after their attack on the demonstrators.
Journalist and writer for daily Posta, Ahmet Şık, was hospitalized due to a tear gas canister reportedly hitting him in the head, according to reporters on the ground.
Hürriyet Daily News photo-reporter Emrah Gürel has also been injured in the leg.
Gezi Park is a small area, Forestry and Waterworks Minister Veysel Eroğlu said, adding that there was only a limited number of trees. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has presviously voiced his determination to demolish the park and replace it with a shopping mall.
“Do whatever you want to do, but we’ve made our decision,” Erdoğan said.