20 Crazy, Unbelievable and Heartbreaking Pictures From Istanbul's #OccupyGezi Protest

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    Demonstrators in Istanbul, Turkey, have said media around the world was ignoring the story of increased police brutality to their nonviolent protest. Well, that’s far from the case now.

    Police in riot gear squared off against hundreds of protesters who used bricks and paving slabs as weapons. Police drove vehicles into the crowd in an attempt to get protesters to disperse.

    Correspondents for the BBC said police also fired a water cannon and tear gas in Taksim Square as demonstrators chanted “unite against fascism” and “government resign.”

    An Istanbul resident named Lily told the BBC that “there are 40,000 people crossing the bridge between Asia and Europe today. All the public transport is on lockdown.”

    She said that police had dropped tear-gas canisters from helicopters overnight.

    See the frightening and insane photographs below:

     

    1. Dün akşam Beşiktaş… Fotoğraf: Volkan Cagalı #direngeziparkı #ŞiddetiDurdurun pic.twitter.com/7tcHj8NNjk

    2. Beşiktaş’ta son durum budur arkadaşlar!!!! pic.twitter.com/0RogcpOIUV

  • @TheRedHack Başından Vurulan Ethem Sarısülük den haber var mı ???? pic.twitter.com/pBRO6UmDw8
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  • Very bad… Turkish police today… RT @dilara2327: Alllah belanizi versn. !!! Akp cek ulan itlerini !!!!! pic.twitter.com/uxeKjJF8fr

  • Mersi canısı #direnankara#occupygezi

  • 2Haziran Besiktas #geziparki

  • Watercannoned highschool students in Ankara -today- #occupygezi pic.twitter.com/l39lok8LDh

  • “People shouldn’t be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.” #Occupygezi pic.twitter.com/KqiwoqJyOv

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    Cumartesi / Saturday 01.06.2013 Taksim Gezi Parkı / Park
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    Cumartesi / Saturday 01.06.2013 Taksim Gezi Parkı / Park

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    By Christina Coleman for Global Grind Staff

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