The protesters are chanting for the resignation of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on one of the busiest streets of Alsancak District in İzmir.
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.