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Wherever They Are, We Are
Beirut
By b.yaacoub
19 Jun 2015

The image of the masked protestor, with their fiery eyes and fist in the air is one of the most iconic images in popular culture. This character has become romanticized, demonized, idolized, and oftentimes misunderstood. The upheaval that has taken place around the world, especially in the last four years, has both reinforced and broken this stereotype.

But who are those who take to the streets? Why do they do it? What do they want?

A procession of women in Nigeria, marching together with placards reading “Bring Back Our Girls”, has a considerably different tone than the charged clashes between riot police and anarchists in Greece. A candlelight vigil held by journalists in Lebanon in solidarity with Charlie Hebdo does not have the same risk of deadly violence as villagers and farmers confronting trigger-happy gunmen in Syria. And a group of concerned citizens voicing their discontent with the privatization of a public beach does not have the same high social and political stakes as those trying to overthrow an authoritarian regime.

However, despite vast differences in context and situation, those who take to the streets often share a common drive to stand up for ideas they believe in. For many, there is a common belief that by taking to the streets and making their voices public, they can influence change in their world.

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Gezi Gets Gassed -Black and White-
Istanbul, Turkey
By Mais Istanbuli
19 Jun 2013

Riots in Istanbul started for the sake of protecting Gezi Park, located beside Taksim Square, after the government announced a mall project which would be erected in place of the park. Initially, a few hundred people, mainly environmental activists, conducted peaceful protests and camped in the park. After the first two days of protesting, police officers violently attacked the protesters with tear gas and burned their sleeping tents.

The public furiously responded to these attacks, as they joined together void of any political movement, against the government. The protests contained a powerful, organic element, that combined the diverse Turkish community together for the first time in the country's history, fighting for one cause: freedom. Citizens want be to involved; they want to be the decision makers in the city. More than three weeks have passed since the riots began and there is still ongoing violence every day. Casualties already reached four dead, thousands injured, and thousands arrested. Also, many journalists have been taken into custody.

Present-day Gezi Park has a controversial history. The site was formerly an Armenian graveyard between 1551-1939 and was also the place of Topcu Kislasi, military barracks built under the reign of Sultan Selim III. The area also included the very first Genocide memorial statue in the world, built in 1919, which witness annual commemorations until 1924.

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Gezi Gets Gassed -Black and White- (1...
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

Photojournalists witnessed civilians being attacked by water tanks. Demonstrations took place beside Taksim Square as citizens protested against the government after a mall project that would take the place of Gezi Park was established. The protests were initially peaceful but ongoing violence has been taking place for over three weeks and continues to escalate in Istanbul, Turkey. June 2013.

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Gezi Gets Gassed (46 of 46)
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

A rioter attempts to stand facing the tear gas attack,, carrying a rainbow flag.

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Gezi Gets Gassed -Black and White- (1...
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

Journalists took photos as rioters threw grenades back at the police officers. Demonstrations took place beside Taksim Square as citizens protested against the government after a mall project that would take the place of Gezi Park was established. The protests were initially peaceful but ongoing violence has been taking place for over three weeks and continues to escalate in Istanbul, Turkey. June 2013.

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Gezi Gets Gassed -Black and White- (1...
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

A civilian rioted amid the tear gas without placing on his gas mask. Demonstrations took place beside Taksim Square as citizens protested against the government after a mall project that would take the place of Gezi Park was established. The protests were initially peaceful but ongoing violence has been taking place for over three weeks and continues to escalate in Istanbul, Turkey. June 2013.

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Gezi Gets Gassed (41 of 46)
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

At Taksim square, a grenade was thrown back at police forces

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Gezi Gets Gassed -Black and White- (1...
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

Men attempted to stop a surge of water that was blasted from a tank. Demonstrations took place beside Taksim Square as citizens protested against the government after a mall project that would take the place of Gezi Park was established. The protests were initially peaceful but ongoing violence has been taking place for over three weeks and continues to escalate in Istanbul, Turkey. June 2013.

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Gezi Gets Gassed (40 of 46)
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

Some riot shields were named ''Tayyip'" after the president of the Turkish Republic.

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Gezi Gets Gassed (38 of 46)
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

Grenades were not shot at a 45 degree angle with the ground, they were being shot parallel to the ground, injuring more than 4,000 civilians in 20 days.

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Gezi Gets Gassed (34 of 46)
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

A human chain was formed, hand to hand, to stop the police forces.

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Gezi Gets Gassed (33 of 46)
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

A journalist captures the moment with his camera.

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Gezi Gets Gassed (30 of 46)
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

Police squad teams are trying to capturing the Gezi park main entrance.

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Gezi Gets Gassed (29 of 46)
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

A journalist who was affected by gas had a anti-gas mask

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Gezi Gets Gassed -Black and White- (1...
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

Rioters threw tear Gas grenade back at police officers. Demonstrations took place beside Taksim Square as citizens protested against the government after a mall project that would take the place of Gezi Park was established. The protests were initially peaceful but ongoing violence has been taking place for over three weeks and continues to escalate in Istanbul, Turkey. June 2013.

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Gezi Gets Gassed -Black and White- (1...
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

Gas clouds disperse across Taksim Square during clashes between protesters and police officials. Demonstrations took place beside Taksim Square as citizens protested against the government after a mall project that would take the place of Gezi Park was established. The protests were initially peaceful but ongoing violence has been taking place for over three weeks and continues to escalate in Istanbul, Turkey. June 2013.

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Gezi Gets Gassed (44 of 46)
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

A football hooligan, wearing a supporting jersey, holds up the Turkish Flag, facing the Water Cannon Tank.

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Gezi Gets Gassed (43 of 46)
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

Traces of a gas bomb with the contrasting slogans and flags.

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Gezi Gets Gassed (42 of 46)
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

Toxic water thrown at the protesters with a Water Cannon Tank.

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Gezi Gets Gassed -Black and White- (1...
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

Civilians formed a human chain against violent attacks committed by the police. Demonstrations took place beside Taksim Square as citizens protested against the government after a mall project that would take the place of Gezi Park was established. The protests were initially peaceful but ongoing violence has been taking place for over three weeks and continues to escalate in Istanbul, Turkey. June 2013.

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Gezi Gets Gassed (37 of 46)
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

Civil passive resist via the formation of a human chain

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Gezi Gets Gassed (36 of 46)
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

Civil resistance with the formation of a human chain against police violence

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Gezi Gets Gassed (35 of 46)
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

Civil protest with the formation of a human chain against police violence

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Gezi Gets Gassed (31 of 46)
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

Protestors are placing the grenades in these tanks to stop the reaction mechanism.

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Gezi Gets Gassed -Black and White- (4...
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

Tear gas clouded Gezi Park during clashes between protesters and police officers. Demonstrations took place beside Taksim Square as citizens protested against the government after a mall project that would take the place of Gezi Park was established. The protests were initially peaceful but ongoing violence has been taking place for over three weeks and continues to escalate in Istanbul, Turkey. June 2013.

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Gezi Gets Gassed -Black and White- (3...
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

Police officials closed in on the barricades and used them against the rioters. Demonstrations took place beside Taksim Square as citizens protested against the government after a mall project that would take the place of Gezi Park was established. The protests were initially peaceful but ongoing violence has been taking place for over three weeks and continues to escalate in Istanbul, Turkey. June 2013.

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Gezi Gets Gassed -Black and White- (2...
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

Protesters wear gas masks to avoid tear gas and gloves as they retaliate against police officials. Demonstrations took place beside Taksim Square as citizens protested against the government after a mall project that would take the place of Gezi Park was established. The protests were initially peaceful but ongoing violence has been taking place for over three weeks and continues to escalate in Istanbul, Turkey. June 2013.

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Gezi Gets Gassed (27 of 46)
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

Taksim square construction area was also closed down due to the riots. The corner art exhibition was about the start before the clashes happened.

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Gezi Gets Gassed (26 of 46)
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

A protester stands with a rainbow flag in the middle of the square, disregarding the painful gas attack.

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Gezi Gets Gassed -Black and White- (8...
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

A man tried to help people who were intoxicated by tear gas during an attack in Gezi Park. Demonstrations took place beside Taksim Square as citizens protested against the government after a mall project that would take the place of Gezi Park was established. The protests were initially peaceful but ongoing violence has been taking place for over three weeks and continues to escalate in Istanbul, Turkey. June 2013.

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Gezi Gets Gassed -Black and White- (7...
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

A rioter grabbed a tear gas grenade and rushed towards the closest water tank. Demonstrations took place beside Taksim Square as citizens protested against the government after a mall project that would take the place of Gezi Park was established. The protests were initially peaceful but ongoing violence has been taking place for over three weeks and continues to escalate in Istanbul, Turkey. June 2013.

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Gezi Gets Gassed -Black and White- (5...
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

Civilians come together as they recover from a tear gas attack in Gezi Park. Demonstrations took place beside Taksim Square as citizens protested against the government after a mall project that would take the place of Gezi Park was established. The protests were initially peaceful but ongoing violence has been taking place for over three weeks and continues to escalate in Istanbul, Turkey. June 2013.

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Stories from Taksim
Istanbul, Turkey
By Georgi Kozhuharov
03 Jun 2013

This is a short video about the protests on Taksim square. 04-06-2013/ 06-06-2013 Istanbul Turkey