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    Protests across Turkey

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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     gorkemkeser is a freelance photojournalist who photographed the protesting in Istanbul, Turkey, on May 31. He says he is not involved in the protesting and was there to only observe what was happening on the scene. He says the intensity of the clashes between police and protesters are increasing. 'Our citizens want a more independent Turkey. They fight because of this. Our prime minister behaves like a dictator and we cannot agree anymore,' he said.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    Photographer: Görkem Keser

    News: Gökçe Emir


    “Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdoğan:
    “There is a curse called Twitter. Social media, in my opinion, is the biggest trouble for all societies.”




    Five days ago a group of people who did not belong to any specific organization, ideology or political party got together in Istanbul’s Gezi Park to prevent the demolishing of the park for the sake of building yet another shopping mall (that would fill the pockets of the government) at the center of the city. People went to the park with their blankets, books and children for a peaceful demonstration against the demolition. They spent two days at the park, sleeping in tents, not allowing the bulldozers to tear down the trees.


    On Friday May 31st, Turkish police attacked the peaceful sit-in of hundreds of people at 5am with tear gas bombs and water cannons.


    No newspaper or television channel was there to report the protest or the dawn raid. It was a complete media blackout. Soon, the number of people in the park has multiplied and the peaceful sit-in have quickly escalated into a full-out national anti-government protest… A protest to prevent the demolition of something bigger than the park:


    The right to live as honourable citizens of this country. This is Turkish people standing up for democracy, their rights and freedom.


    On the 3rd day of the protests, the police continues to use disproportionate force against non-violent protesters. Mass media is not reporting on the police brutality. Turkish police and the government attack the people of this country, artists, writers, students, teachers, doctors, the people I have went to school with, the young, the old, anyone who is anti-government, anyone who raises their voice against the Islamic fascism of the dictatorial PM Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, with expired carcinogen chemicals, plastic bullets, water cannons, and now, real bullets. The only source of information is the social media and one TV channel ran by the opposition party.


    Mass media support the Turkish PM Erdoğan as he refers to protestors as marginal groups with a hidden agenda, terrorists, fascists, looters and vandals. He threatened Turkish citizens with death penalty (which is banned in Turkey) as he said in his speech today “May we hang those protesters on those trees in Gezi Park.”



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