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    1st anniversary of the Gezi Protests

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     gorkemkeser took photos of protesters demonstrating on the streets of Istanbul, Turkey, on May 31. He says it feels like those who have opposing opinions to the Turkish Prime Minister are treated like enemies now. Protesters are fed up with the police and the government, he explained. 'We are angry, but we do not loss our hope,' he said.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    Photographer: Görkem Keser/Koda Collective

     

    In 31st May 2014, thousands of people gathered in Taksim for the 1st anniversary of the Gezi Protests. Long before protestors gathered, thousands of police forces closed roads that goes to Taksim Square and Gezi Parki. Police used rubber bullets, gas and water cannons to disperse demonstrators.

     

    For the past year Thousands of Turkish citizens have protested the demolition of Gezi Park, one of the few green areas left in the center of Istanbul. There was a clash between the police and the demonstrators who refuse shopping mall in Gezi Park in many cities of Turkey last year. The protests have been held in some other cities of Turkey also in Istanbul with high number of participation. Since May 2013 Gezi protest tension is still in high level.

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