Occupy Gezi - Protests against Turkish Government

Ilker Goksen

Joined April 2010

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The photograph was taken in Izmir, Turkey on June 2, 2013 shortly after the riot police started attacking the protesters with teargas, water cannons and batons. The provocateurs are seen setting things on fire, vandalizing the public space and turning the otherwise peaceful protests into a heated one.

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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