Riots have broken out in the streets of Turkey, as the people of Instanbul are fighting to keep Gezi Park from being uprooted and turned into a shopping center.
Citizens of the city were peacefully protesting occupy-style inside Gezi Park since Monday, according to the Washington Post. On Wednesday, however, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan announced construction would continue no matter what.
Police in riot gear began firing tear gas and water cannons at them, with about 100 people being injured in the melee. The people took to social media, using hashtags such as #geziparkı to spread the word, as the state-controlled media in Turkey is not covering the riots, but instead showed the Miss Turkey competition. The gas attacks have hit everyone in the area, including helpless tourists who had canisters thrown at them by authorities.
— Zeynep Tufekci (@techsoc) May 31, 2013
The protests and actions by authorities have affected people all over the world, with many Turkish natives voicing their opinions on the matter.
“Our country makes me very sad these days to stay live events, remote audience,” said NBA player Mehmet Okur in a statement translated via Google Translate.
“Issue is no longer two, tree, not a shopping mall event. Koruyabilmeleridir based on the freedom of the democratic rights of our people are the most natural. 34 years of terror all these years to get what country, what are the very national national anthems I have not seen the will of the shows. Today I live in America where citizens of one heart, democracy, peace, green, I’m here to spread the voice of the people of my country.”
Below is a 90-second video to give you a jist of what’s really going on in Turkey. Know your rights and don’t let your government tread on you. Stand up for what you believe in, and support others doing the same.
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