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Turkey: Occupy movement continues in Taksim Square

Turkey, Istanbul
June 4, 2013 at 10:20 GMT +00:00 · Published

Turkey: Occupy movement continues in Taksim Square

Thousands of protesters are again flooding Taksim Square and Gezi Park in Istanbul on Tuesday. The mass protests against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan have been ongoing for five days despite heavy police force being employed to disperse protesters.

On Tuesday, fires have been ignited in some areas, while other civilians are showing solidarity by marching together and leaving notes on statues in Taksim Square to show their unification.

Clashes began on May 31 following a peaceful protest against the demolition of Gezi Parks trees to make way for a shopping mall. The anti-government protests in Istanbul then spread to Ankara and Izmir, as thousands of protesters continue to take to the streets.

Amnesty International reports over 2000 people have been injured across Turkey after police used water cannons and tear gas against demonstrators during protests. The human rights organisation has called for the immediate end of "abusive use of force against demonstrators", stating that the public should know the full extent of the protesters' injuries and for lessons to be learned for the future policing of demonstrations.

The Izmir Medical Association say many of the injuries caused by police are from the use of water cannons and from tear gas canisters being directly fired at protesters, highlighting that police actions are breaking the United Nations principles on the use of force and firearms during peaceful demonstrations. The medical association says it is concerned that people may have lost their eyesight as a result of police tactics.

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Turkey: Occupy movement continues in Taksim Square

Thousands of protesters are again flooding Taksim Square and Gezi Park in Istanbul on Tuesday. The mass protests against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan have been ongoing for five days despite heavy police force being employed to disperse protesters.

On Tuesday, fires have been ignited in some areas, while other civilians are showing solidarity by marching together and leaving notes on statues in Taksim Square to show their unification.

Clashes began on May 31 following a peaceful protest against the demolition of Gezi Parks trees to make way for a shopping mall. The anti-government protests in Istanbul then spread to Ankara and Izmir, as thousands of protesters continue to take to the streets.

Amnesty International reports over 2000 people have been injured across Turkey after police used water cannons and tear gas against demonstrators during protests. The human rights organisation has called for the immediate end of "abusive use of force against demonstrators", stating that the public should know the full extent of the protesters' injuries and for lessons to be learned for the future policing of demonstrations.

The Izmir Medical Association say many of the injuries caused by police are from the use of water cannons and from tear gas canisters being directly fired at protesters, highlighting that police actions are breaking the United Nations principles on the use of force and firearms during peaceful demonstrations. The medical association says it is concerned that people may have lost their eyesight as a result of police tactics.

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