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article imageOWS takes Zucotti Park in support of Turkey's protesters (video)

By Anne Sewell     Jun 2, 2013 in World
New York - As demonstrations continue to spread all over Turkey against the harsh handling of the Gezi Park protest by both police and government, Occupy Wall Street and Turkish Americans hit the street in support of the protesters.
When thousands of protesters demonstrated in Taksim Square, Istanbul yesterday, around 900 of them were arrested, with police deploying both tear gas and water cannon against the crowds.
Earlier in the day, 100,000 demonstrators gathered in Taksim Square, demanding that Erdogan step down and calling the government “fascist.” The 900 or more arrests were part of “necessary security measures,” according to the Turkish Interior Minister Muammer Güler.
Digital Journal reported on Saturday about the ongoing protests "as Turks call for the saving of democracy and not just trees."
What was a protest against the demolition of the last green space in Istanbul for the creation of yet another shopping center has spread across the country and has turned broader, nationwide protest against Erdogan’s government.
OWS and American Turks take Zucotti Park in support of the people of Turkey - June 1  2013
OWS and American Turks take Zucotti Park in support of the people of Turkey - June 1, 2013
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Enraged by the situation and the mistreatment of the Turkish protesters, Occupy Wall Street was out and about in Zucotti Park yesterday in their support. The crowds included Turkish Americans, OWS activists and other pro-Turkish demonstrators. Similar demonstrations are reportedly being held in several major US cities including Austin, Boston and Chicago, as well as cities around the world.
Turkish nationals apparently gathered in front of the EU Parliament in Brussels to protest against the violence of the Turkish police, with many chanting anti-government slogans, while similar rallies were held in London, Helsinki and outside the Turkish Embassy in Nicosia, Cyprus.
In New York City, the activists met in Zucotti Park with the aim of marching down to the Turkish consulate, some three miles away.
Occupy Wall Street announced that the “peaceful international solidarity event” is being held “with the goal to direct public attention to Istanbul Gezi Park protests and consequent police brutality of AKP/Erdogan government!”
OWS and American Turks take Zucotti Park in support of the people of Turkey - June 1  2013
OWS and American Turks take Zucotti Park in support of the people of Turkey - June 1, 2013
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In was what dubbed a "homecoming celebration", demonstrators, many wearing red waved signs proclaiming that "Taksim is not alone", others carried the Turkish national flag.
While the event was mainly in support of the Turkish protesters, it was an opportunity to “take a militant stand against the NYPD to assert our right to [nonviolently] exist in public spaces,” according to the OWS.
OWS and American Turks take Zucotti Park in support of the people of Turkey - June 1  2013
OWS and American Turks take Zucotti Park in support of the people of Turkey - June 1, 2013
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Video: Interview with a Turkish American in Zucotti Park
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