The Occupy movement, or at least its tactics live on in Istanbul, and unfortunately the police response does as well. Protestors occupied Gezi Park in Istanbul on May 28th to prevent it from being bulldozed. The protests are intended to preserve the park, which activists are calling Istanbul's last green space. They remained there until police moved in to force them out with firehoses and tear gas. In a scene reminiscent of the infamous one at UC Davis, in which a police officer sprayed a row of students with tear gas who were sitting down, not resisting, police sprayed tear gas directly at individual protestors and blasted them with hoses.
An indiscriminate cloud of tear gas dispersed droves of protestors from Gezi Park in Istanbul. (Reuters)
A policeman sprays teargas directly at a protestor, who covers his or her face with a sign that references the Turkish Prime Minister. (Reuters)
A man appears to be kicking away a tear gas canister, as the crowd runs away from Gezi park behind him. (Reuters)
One protestor in a tear gas cloud uses his hands to express his feelings toward the Istanbul police, while another uses his to shield himself. (Reuters)