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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 (16 of 46)
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

People are demanding for their democratical right to stage a protest.

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Gezi Gets Gassed (12 of 46)
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

Old man is cursing at the violence to the police whilst facing them.

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Gezi Gets Gassed (11 of 46)
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

A man affected by tear gas is trying to recover

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Gezi Gets Gassed (8 of 46)
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

A man was wounded by police attacks. He escaped in search of medical assistance.

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Gezi Gets Gassed (7 of 46)
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

The grenade was shot back to the police by the protesters.

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Gezi Gets Gassed (3 of 46)
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

A rioter still standing after police threw a tear gas bomb.

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

Fire and tear gas accumulated beside a barricade. 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 (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
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 everyday. 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

''Taksim Dayanisma,'' an operation committee of riots, tried to convince the police to stop using excessive force on civilians. 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

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 (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 (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 (2 of 46)
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

Rioters are building a barricade at istiklal Avenue, to stop the water cannon tanks.

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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 (18 of 46)
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

A grenade exploded killing four civilians and injuring thousands.

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Gezi Gets Gassed (17 of 46)
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

The display window of a shop where a grenade struck at.

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Gezi Gets Gassed (15 of 46)
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

Hospitals were piled up with thousands of injured protesters. Doctors are volunteering and are carrying the wounded person away from the chaos.

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Gezi Gets Gassed (14 of 46)
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

Police throw tear gas inside of the Divan Hotel; people are panicking inside.

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Gezi Gets Gassed (10 of 46)
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

To streighten the barricade, the man shoveling the pavements to build the barricade

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Gezi Gets Gassed (9 of 46)
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

Rioters are still standing in the tear gas clouds and shouting the demands towards the police in the water cannon tank.

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Gezi Gets Gassed (4 of 46)
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

There were police with a automatic rubber guns at every corner of substreets of Istiklal Avenue ...