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article imageVideo: RT reporter hit by water cannon in Ankara, Turkey

By Anne Sewell     Jun 23, 2013 in World
Ankara - It seems even the press is unwelcome in Turkey right now. RT's Tom Barton was reporting on a demonstration in Ankara when a water cannon sprayed him and knocked him off his feet, right in front of the cameramen and crew.
While Barton was covering a peaceful protest in Ankara, the video shows that the truck deliberately starting spraying him, with the stream of water directly targeting the news crew. As the truck continues down the street, it can be seen to be spraying anyone it comes across on the street.
“Water cannon and gas vehicles have just charged into the square, if we look down at my legs now, not even the media are safe,” Barton says. “I just got literally knocked off of my feet by the water cannon that has just moved on there.”
The peaceful protest began as outrage over Turkish police tactics exploded on the social media, after rubber bullets were used by law enforcement to disperse the march at Taksim Square on Saturday. The social media is also flooded with images of the wounds from the police’s "non-lethal" force.
Twitter user @Holydakiran has many moving messages and photos of events as they unfolded in Istanbul on Saturday. The photos can be viewed by clicking on the linked text.
She tweeted:
Hülya ‏@Holydakiran 8h
"This is not a gun dear police! This is just a flower which you don't wanna look at it! #çapulculartaksime pic.twitter.com/DUKUYVvzPB"
Another tweet read:
Hülya ‏@Holydakiran 8h
"This picture made me cry! Father and daughter after attack of tear gas! #çapulculartaksime #occupygezi pic.twitter.com/qrZ9VBNQcp"
Another read:
Hülya ‏@Holydakiran 10h
"Turkish police is using plastic bullet to protestors! We are human just human!! #çapulculartaksime pic.twitter.com/D4hMv9svgs"
Another image of a man injured by rubber bullets can be viewed here.
Istanbul also saw widespread use of water cannons on thousands of protesters, as Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan announced a “foreign conspiracy” was behind the three week long protest.
So far at least four people are dead and more than 5,000 injured in the protests, with the government intensifying its judicial crackdown.
On Saturday in Ankara, a court said that 23 people had been arrested and were accused of aiding a “terrorist” organization.
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