The photograph was taken in Gündoğdu Square in Izmir, Turkey on June 2, 2013. After the riot police fired teargas bombs into the crowd that was protesting peacefully, many people were affected by the gas and some of them were hit by the bomb canisters. The man in the photograph is seen as he is about to lose his consciousness and being taken into the ambulance that arrived to the scene. He was later rushed to the hospital.
Turkey is witnessing the biggest anti-government protests in years. What started as a small sit-in to protect the bulldozing of trees in the last green space known as Gezi Park in central Istanbul has turned into tens of thousands of people protesting the authoritarian government and the imposing of conservative Islamic values on the officially secular country. Those values and laws are intended to infringe people’s civil liberties and personal freedoms. Turkish government attracted international criticism over the unbalanced use of power and brutality by the police against the protesters. Moreover, Turkish media is completely silent on the issues due to their fear of the government and Turkish people follow the news only through social media and foreign press.