Taksim Gezi Park protests spread to other cities in Turkey. People gathered in Kugulu Park (Swan Park) and around the Kizilay centre in Ankara, and demonstrations took place in numerous other cities in opposition to the violent intervention of the police against the Taksim Park protests.
Taksim Gezi Park protests spread to other cities in Turkey. People gathered in Ankara Kugulu Park (Swan Park) and around Kizilay centre in opposition to the violent intervention of the police against the Taksim Park protests.
People gathered in Kugulu Park during the evening to support the Taksim Gezi Park protestors, and marched along Ataturk Boulevard. Police closed down the boulevard after a few stones had been hurled their way, and used pepper spray to disperse the group. The protests then continued at Kizilay centre in Ankara until late at night
In Izmir, around ten thousand people organized through twitter and gathered in Alsancak. The crowd protested the government’s Taksim Gezi Park project as well as the police violence by chanting: “Everywhere is Taksim, everywhere is the resistance”, “we will win by resisting” and “Government Resign”. As the group began marching, the police intervened with pepper spray and pressured water
In Konya, 300 students protested the destruction of trees for the Taksim Gezi Park reconstruction project as well as the police violence in Taksim, without police intervention.
In Zonguldak Bulent Ecevit University graduation ceremony students protested the destruction of trees, and the police took 5 students into custody.
In Marmaris, civil society members protested the destruction of trees for the Taksim reconstruction project as well as the violent intervention by the police.
In Adana, 600 people protested the violent conduct of the police against peaceful protestors in Taksim Gezi Park. Rock Musician Hayko Cepkin gave a concert in support of the protests.
In Mersin, the State Officers Syndicate (KESK), with 500 people, protested the Taksim Gezi Park intervention against the protestors attempting to protect trees. The group played a guitar accompanied by folk dancing.
In Tunceli, around 800 people gathered and protested the project attempting to destroy Taksim Gezi Park as well as the violent police intervention. The protestors marched and chanted slogans such as: “AKP, Resign” . The local president of the Labour stated that the intervention against the protestors in Taksim was a fascist one.
In Antalya, a group of 100 people gathered in Cumhuriyet Square and protested the Taksim Gezi Park interventions with slogans.
In Eskisehir 3000 people protested the actions of the police against the Taksim Gezi Park protestors. The police intervened as the crowd attempted to march towards the AKP Party building.
In Bolu, 800 people protested the violent intervention of the police and displayed their support for the Taksim protestors. In Nevsehir, protestors gathered in Cumhuriyet Square and protested with slogans such as: ” Stop AKP Fascism” and ” Hello to Istanbul.”
In Diyarbakır, 1000 people supported the Taksim protestors with slogans in both Kurdish and Turkish. Member of Parliament Nursel Aydogan, from Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), stated that if police intervention is how Prime Minister Erdogan understands democracy, he needs a lesson in democracy. Protests continued for 3 hours and protestors dispersed following police announcements.
Source : Turkishnewsplus/dha