Occupy Gezi - Protests Against Turkish Government

Ilker Goksen

Joined April 2010

Artist's Description

The protesters are seen climbing onto high places to get a better view of what the riot police is planning to do, and what direction they might be headed, and then they warn the people on the ground accordingly. A few minutes after this photograph was shot, the police started intervening and everyone started running around in panic.

Turkey is witnessing the biggest anti-government protests in years. What started as a small sit-in to protect the trees from bulldozing to build a shopping mall 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.

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