WARNING: Image heavy post. Some pictures are a bit more graphic than others.
These are photos I’ve collected over the past couple hours while following the news coming out of Turkey.
For those of you who don’t know, a few days ago, protesters in Istanbul tried to stop local government from ripping up Gezi Park to build a new shopping mall by simply standing in front of the machines, exercising the democratic right of peaceful protest. The police reacted with excessive force, and since then the protests have evolved into a fight for freedom of assembly, speech, and a basic human right to have your voice be heard (or sometimes even just walk down the street) without the threat of police brutality and unnecessary violence.
I’ve been following the story mostly on Twitter, since Turkey has issued a statewide media blackout of the protests, but even the pictures and videos that do get up are disappearing. The whole world is watching, Turkey. Good luck to the protesters. Lets all pray this ends quickly.