Category Archives: News

Aljazeera: Turkey arrests anti-government protesters

At least 60 people detained as Istanbul protest spreads to Ankara and Izmir, with tear gas sprayed and many injured. Turkish authorities have arrested dozens of people protesting in the fiercest anti-government demonstrations the country has witnessed in years, with riot police firing tear gas on demonstrators in Istanbul and Ankara. At least 60 people were detained on Friday as [...] → Read the full article…

LiveLeak: Woman protester headshot by police tear gas gun

İstanbul – Police intervened in a group of people at Taksim Gezi Park
in Istanbul by using tear gas and pressurized water against those
protesting the demolition of the park and uprooting of the trees since
Monday. A group of protestors who gathered at Taksim Square was dispersed by police using pressurized water and tear gas.

In the intervention, some protestors were injured. Medical teams arrived on the scene and treated them.

A woman (Lavna Allani) with head injury was taken to hospital. Her medical condition is critical and skull is broken.

Within the scope of the Taksim pedestrianization project, approved by the
government in February 2012, the Gezi Park walls facing the Elmadag area
were demolished by construction workers on Monday night. Shortly after,
a group of protesters came to the park to prevent further uprooting of
the trees and demolition of walls.Earlier, Prime Minister Recep
Tayyip Erdogan commented on the protests by saying that the government
had made its decision and there would be no U-turn in this regard.



31 May 2012

Bianet: Court Suspends Construction Project in Taksim Gezi Park

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Istanbul 6th Administration Court suspended the Topçu Barracks Project – publicly known as the planned construction of a shopping mall at Taksim Gezi Park in downtown Istanbul. Istanbul 6th Administration Court suspended the Topçu Barracks Project – publicly known as the planned construction of a shopping mall at Taksim Gezi Park in downtown Istanbul. Acting upon a motion from Taksim [...] → Read the full article…

Hürriyet Daily News: Solidarity protests with Gezi Park held across Turkey

Locals of many Turkish cities came out to show their solidarity to Taksim Gezi Park protesters and express their outrage at the police’s brutal raids May 31, organizing several protests across the country. Most notably, Ankara locals gathered in Kuğulu Park, their own little patch of green in the center of the city. Another group of 2,000 people that gathered at the [...] → Read the full article…

Radikal: His testicles were torn off in police violence


Images of police violence were published showing violence directed against Hazar Tunca during the Gezi Park demonstrations. Videos of the police attack on Hazar Tunca during events following the police intervention aimed at breaking up the gathering in Taksim’s Gezi Park have been released. He got to the tree before the bulldozer and shielded the tree It seems that Tunca [...] → Read the full article…

FRANCE 24: Scores injured as police clash with protesters in Istanbul

Scores of people were injured on Friday after Turkish police fired tear gas, pepper spray and water cannons at demonstrators occupying a park in Istanbul over plans for a major construction project. Riot police fired tear gas and water cannons at hundreds of demonstrators on Friday, injuring scores in a bid to break up a four-day protest against a major [...] → Read the full article…

The Telgraph: Tear gas fired at protesters in Istanbul

Riot police fired tear gas at hundreds of demonstrators, injuring dozens in a bid to break up a four-day protest against a major construction project in Istanbul’s Taksim Square. Several of the injured were left lying on the ground unconscious after police used tear gas and pepper spray on them, while two people were admitted to hospital with injuries to [...] → Read the full article…

Hürriyet Daily News: ‘Occupy Taksim’ grows in spite of crackdown

Turkish police attacked Istanbul’s Taksim Gezi Park protesters, injuring dozens, as a sit-in against a mall project entered its fourth day on May 31. Police made numerous attacks on protesters in Istanbul’s Taksim area, in a crackdown on crowds gathered to stop the bulldozing of trees for a planned mall in the city center. Police detained more than 60, Istanbul [...] → Read the full article…

NEW YORK POST: Photos: Chaos on the streets of Istanbul as police disperse 10,000 peaceful protesters

ISTANBUL — Turkish riot police used tear gas and water cannon in a dawn raid Friday to end a peaceful sit-in by hundreds of people trying to prevent trees from being uprooted at an Istanbul park. The move ignited furious protests and clashes that injured at least 12 people. The protest then spread to the capital Ankara, where hundreds of [...] → Read the full article…

İstanbul’s ‘Crazy Urbanization’ that offends Mehmet the Conqueror


On Wednesday, the 560th anniversary of İstanbul’s conquest by the Ottomans, actor Devrim Evin, who starred as Mehmet the Conqueror (Fatih) in the 2012 movie “Fetih 1453,” turned down an invitation by the city of İstanbul to join the traditional ceremonies. Evin’s decision was surely a surprise to local authorities. I don’t know what else we could expect him to [...] → Read the full article…