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Photos from protests in Istanbul’s Taksim square

A protest in Taksim square against violence against women

Turkey has been witnessing a growing wave of protest since 28 May 2013. The protests began in Istanbul against the Government’s plan to demolish Gezi Park located in Taksim square, Istanbul. The Government’s intention is to redevelop Gezi Park into a complex that will include a replica Ottoman-era barracks and a shopping centre. A small group of environmental activists initiated the protest against the Government’s plan and “occupied” the Park. However, the police’s swift and brutal response against the protesters on 30th and 31st May  escalated and spread the protest throughout Turkey. Although the protests initially started at Gezi Park’s redevelopment project, it has become a national protest against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s pro-islamic, authoritarian, and anti-environmental policies.  The protest brought various groups together including Kurds, nationalists, LGBT activists, trade unions and football fans for the first time to demonstrate against the Government policies. Facebook and Twitter were key tools in organizing and sustaining the protests. The Prime Minister described the protestors as vandals (Çapulcu), extremists and part of an international conspiracy to undermine Turkey and toldprotesters to clear the park.  In the meantime the response to the peaceful protests continued to be violent. On 15th June 2013 the riot police entered the Taksim square again and dispersed the protesters and cleared the park by using tear gas, rubber bullets, and water cannons. The protests in other cities were also repressed in the same way and according to the Turkish Human Rights Foundation, four people have died and approximately 5,000 people have been injured during the protests. The protests continue and some protesters have adopted a new position where they stand silently.

The photos were taken in Gezi Park, Taksim square on the 3rd and 4th June 2013 by Wayne Daley and Sanya Karakas.

A protest in Taksim Square against violence against women

Anti-capitalism protest
Barricated access to prevent the police entering Taksim square
Burning car

Protesters blocking access to Taksim square

Protester trying to block access to Taksim square

White clothes represents people’s hopes and wishes. There are also small written notes about Prime Minister and resistance.

The protesters who acquired the police’s combat shield. The message reads ‘police murderer’

The Gezi Park, Taksim

It is obvious; the Art of Protest

Guy Fawkes masks were sold and worn by many protesters

Police now occupy Gezi Park despite Erdogan’s declaration that the park is now open to the people (27 June 2013)
Police now occupy Gezi Park despite Erdogan’s declaration that the park is now open to the people (27 June 2013)

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