Turkey's most violent riots in decades may have started by the destruction of a small Istanbul park, but they exploded in a show of defiance by thousands against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s policies and creeping authoritarianism.
Violence flared in Istanbul between a group of demonstrators and police on the fourth day of protests set off by a brutal police crackdown of a peaceful environmental protest. It has turned in to Turkey's biggest anti-government demonstrations in years.
Thousands of people have been injured and detained by Turkish police. The images that re being shared by people are mind boggling.
Turkish youths and city dwellers who support the protests are railing against the actions of a legitimately elected president and parliament. Their complaints are that the government is too authoritarian, too Islamist and not representative of secular Turks.
There is a growing young population in Turkey trying to breath for air between the politics of the govt and the opposition #occupygezi— Nigâr Hac?zade (@nhacizade) June 3, 2013
Here are some images from the chaos that Turkey is in at the moment.