Riots Have Broken Out In Turkey As People Clash With Police In Gezi Park

World
Like Us On Facebook
Like Us On Facebook

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.

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.

Photo Credit: Facebook

Share Tweet
React

Robert Gordon

Hailing from Queens, New York, Robert Gordon can be found running the World News section of Elite Daily or roaming NYC on photographic expeditions. A diehard sports fan who’s had his heart constantly broken by the Knicks and Mets, Robert can be seen donning orange and blue attire all throughout the city. Under the moniker Robbie Fingers, he creates visuals from music videos, to short films with his partner, ManuallFocus.

More In World

World Adam Matula

Baby Elephant Has Some Serious Ribbon Dancing Skills (Video)

Elephants are apparently masters of ribbon dancing and rhythm gymnastics. Recent footage captured by tourists shows Faa Mai, a baby elephant who was rescued and currently lives at the Elephant Nature Park in Thailand, showing off in front of friends with a large blue ribbon. The intriguing baby elephant does tricks with the ribbon, spinning […]

World Adam Matula

Drunk Guy Somehow Manages To Get Stuck Under An ATM Door (Photos)

When an ATM swallowed his card, a drunken Cheng Kao got scared he might get locked inside the glass booth. He tried to escape by squeezing underneath the glass wall. Instead, he ended up stuck for an entire night. Concerned citizens of Zhejiang, an eastern province in China, called to report the stuck, unconscious man. […]

World Adam Matula

Once A Cheater Always A Cheater: Science Says Cheating Is Repetative

If your current partner cheated on their ex to be with you, it’s very possible you’re relationship is in serious trouble. Research suggests lovers who are “poached” away from others are more likely to cheat in their new relationships. Scientists at the University of Southern Alabama researched levels of commitment and satisfaction among 443 men […]

Also On Elite

Entertainment

Peter Dinklage Has The Mullet And Bazooka To Prove He’s A Badass (Photos)

Peter Dinklage is a badass. That much is clear from his performance as Tyrion Lannister on “Game of Thrones.” He was missing two important things when it came to completing his badassery. Those two things are a mullet and a bazooka. Finally, he’s acquired those staples of badassdom. Dinklage is currently shooting a movie called […]