A controversial new law was approved in Istanbul earlier this month that would tighten control of the internet in Turkey.
The move was seen as yet another attempt by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan to exercise unwarranted authority over his people.
Last year, violent anti-government demonstrations took place in Turkey after riot police attacked a peaceful sit-in organized by students to save the historical Gezi Park. People were run over by panzers, apart from tear gas canisters being thrown towards the crowd by law enforcement officers.
State media was silenced and the situation spiraled out of control when thousands got injured and several died after police officers opened fire at the protesters.
On February 22, people again took to the streets demanding rights to freedom of speech after the Turkish Parliament in Ankara approved a bill that would:
- Enable the government to exercise more influence over judges and prosecutors,
- Allow the authorities to block access to web pages within hours without a prior court order.
The following images show how the Turkish government has dealt with the demonstrations so far:
Protesters hold signs and wave flags as they demonstrate against new controls on the Internet approved by the Turkish parliament in Ankara February 22, 2014. The signs read, ''Internet of Doomsday!", "It is impossible to sensor the streets!" and "You can have your own media but you can't get the streets''. – Reuters