Occupy Gezi: Turkish Police Gas, Spray, Hose Protesters Who Want to Save Park

Abby Zimet

Burning tents and randomly firing tear gas, pepper spray and water cannons,  Turkish police cracked down on up to 10,000 peaceful protesters camped out for a week in Istanbul's Gezi Park trying to save what they argue is the city's last public green space. As is often the case in such things, the violent overreaction by police has helped the protest morph from specific environmental grievance into broader political opposition.


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