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Turkey: Protesters revel in post-riot carnage01:06

Turkey: Protesters revel in post-riot carnage

Turkey, Istanbul
June 1, 2013 at 16:56 GMT +00:00 · Published

Turkey: Protesters revel in post-riot carnage

Protesters in Istanbul have remained in the carnage-filled streets after violent clashes with police subsided on Saturday. Several continued to attack vehicles that were heavily grafittied with anti-government slogans, with others climbing the wrecked remains and chanting. Many protesters were carrying the Turkish flag, with some displaying then on top of the damaged vehicles.

Peaceful protests against the bulldozing of trees in the Taksim Gezi Park has transformed into a wave of violent anti-government protests across Turkey. Riot police have reacted to the protests with extensive use of tear gas, pepper spray, gas canisters and water cannons, injuring hundreds of people in addition to several unverified reports of deaths.

Some protesters have called the movement "Occupy Gize", referencing the Western movement, such as that in Washington DC, against what they receive to be inequality. Anger towards Erdogan has been growing for a number of reasons, particularly the "Islamification" of secular Turkey such as restrictions on the sale of alcohol.

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Turkey: Protesters revel in post-riot carnage

Protesters in Istanbul have remained in the carnage-filled streets after violent clashes with police subsided on Saturday. Several continued to attack vehicles that were heavily grafittied with anti-government slogans, with others climbing the wrecked remains and chanting. Many protesters were carrying the Turkish flag, with some displaying then on top of the damaged vehicles.

Peaceful protests against the bulldozing of trees in the Taksim Gezi Park has transformed into a wave of violent anti-government protests across Turkey. Riot police have reacted to the protests with extensive use of tear gas, pepper spray, gas canisters and water cannons, injuring hundreds of people in addition to several unverified reports of deaths.

Some protesters have called the movement "Occupy Gize", referencing the Western movement, such as that in Washington DC, against what they receive to be inequality. Anger towards Erdogan has been growing for a number of reasons, particularly the "Islamification" of secular Turkey such as restrictions on the sale of alcohol.

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