Demonstrations in Turkey

In May 2013 a wave of demonstrations sparkled in Istanbul as a result of urban development plans for the Taksim Gezi Park. Protests became violent as anger unfolded into a wider range of civil concerns freedom of the press, of expression, assembly, and the government’s encroachment on Turkey’s secularism.

I happened to be in Istanbul for a couple of weeks for business, for which I didn’t hesitated to join the protests, talk to people and take a few shots of the events. The following are images captured by me during that time.

TAKSIM SQUARE

June 9th, 2013: Protests had began since May 31st and Gezi Park was occupied since June 3rd

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Taksim Metro

 

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Street art

Protesters observing the crowds from above

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Crowds

 

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Monument in Taksim Square

 

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Kapitalism

 

Taksim, Che Guevara
Inspiration

 

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Occupied Vehicle

 

Dunyayi, Taksim
Protestors

 

Taksim Square
View of the Stage

 

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Protestors

 

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Taksim Underground

 

Taksim, Turkey, Flag
Closer shot of the stage

TAKSIM SURROUNDINGS

June 13th, 2013: Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan issues a “final warning” to protesters to leave Gezi Park

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TAKSIM SQUARE

June 13th, 2013

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Memorial

 

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Car

GEZI PARK

June 13th, 2013: Prime Minister Erdogan had alerted the protesters to clear the Park, else “Police will know how to clear it…”

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Inside Gezi, June 13th

 

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Inside Gezi

 

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The Requests

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TAKSIM SQUARE SURROUNDINGS

June 16th: Police had cleared Gezi Park the night before, people were expected to show up

Police marching to Taksin Square
Police marching to Taksin Square

 

Marching
Marching

 

Closed Metro in Taksim surrounding stations
Closed Metro in Taksim surrounding stations

 

People protesting to a military officer
People protesting to a military officer

 

Police Water Cannon
Police Water Cannon

 

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