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A year after Turkey's Gezi Park protests, freedom elusive

Istanbul - A year ago, I covered Turkey's Gezi Park protests first-hand. I took photos, videos, interviewed protesters, got attacked by the Turkish police, and was almost arrested for a photo I'd published. As Turkey prepares new protests, is freedom possible?

Turkey to domestically produce tear gas due to embargo fears

Turkey may be domestically producing the tear gas the authorities use after hearing calls from the international community to suspend the shipment of tear gas to that country.

New protests hit Turkey Special

Istanbul - New freedom protests hit Turkey as Prime Minister Erdogan continues to support Islamist policies and enforce censorship.

Documentary: 'Taksim Commune: Gezi Park & the Uprising in Turkey'

Istanbul - Global Uprisings has published a 33-minute video documentary, which tells the story of the occupation of Gezi Park, its violent eviction, and the mass uprising throughout Turkey that it sparked.

Turkish bride wears hardhat in Gezi Park Special

Istanbul - Almost two months after the first Istanbul protests, a bride who met her husband at a protesters' medical clinic wears a hard hat over her veil and gets chased from Gezi Park by police.

Photo Essay: Protests in Turkey Special

Istanbul - Protests began in Istanbul's Gezi Park on May 31 and spread throughout Turkey as police reacted violently with water cannons and tear gas. People in Turkey are asking for more freedom, and some merely stand silently while police order more pepper spray.

Taksim Square protester says Turkey's future is uncertain Special

Brian Felsen took part in recent protests in Istanbul, Turkey. The president of CD Baby, regularly visits the country and even lived there for two years. He says via email it's a delicate moment for the country's future.

Women protest in Turkey Special

Istanbul - About half of the protesters in Turkey are women, and they often take the forefront as they speak out for their personal freedoms and national democracy.

Op-Ed: The benefits of being nobody in Turkey Special

Izmit - Having an important name, a prominent family, money, and power is important in Turkey. Sometimes, though, being nobody lets you witness what's really happening.

Turkish doctors protest by striking Special

Istanbul - Today in Turkey, doctors walked off the job to protest the police violence against protesters and the arrest of doctors in Istanbul.

Turkish Prime Minister vows to expel 'lawbreakers' from park

Ankara - Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayipp Erdogan has called on "lawbreakers" camped out at Gezi Park and Taksim Square to leave or "be removed."

Turkish opposition leader calls Erdogan 'Provocateur #1' Special

Istanbul - As Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan vows revenge against freedom protesters, one opposition leader calls Erdogan "the Number One Provocateur."

Unrest flares in Turkey; riot police storm Istanbul’s Taksim Park

Istanbul - After almost two weeks of anti-government protests that gripped major cities in Turkey, riot police once again tried to regain control of Taksim Square on Tuesday—the focal point of unrest in Istanbul.

Erdogan begins crackdowns against Turkish protesters Special

Istanbul - In a pre-dawn raid, police drove protesters out of Taksim square in Istanbul as Prime Minister Erdogan rallies his supporters, arrests lawyers, and issues threats.

Interview with a Turkish protester: 'police tortured me' Special

Handcuffed and kneeling, a young Turkish man was repeatedly hit in the face by four police officers as they saturated his eyes with pepper spray.

Turkish celebrities join protests Special

Istanbul - A week after protests began in Istanbul over Gezi Park, Turkish celebrities are adding their voices to those demanding more freedom in Turkey.

Former activist in Egypt speaks to protesters in Turkey (video)

Mihalis Eleftheriou, former activist in the Occupy Buffer Zone movement in Cyprus who was also involved in the Egyptian Revolution in Tahrir Square, sent a message of both solidarity and warning to activists in Turkey.

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

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.

Turks protest for freedom Special

Istanbul - Protests that began earlier this week in Istanbul because of a park threatened by bulldozers have spread throughout Turkey as Turks call for the saving of democracy and not just trees.

Deputy Önder injured by gas canister in Istanbul park protest

Istanbul - As the protest against the demolition of "the last public green space" in Istanbul continues, Deputy Sırrı Süreyya Önder has been shot in the shoulder by police with a gas canister on Friday and is in hospital.
 

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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
YouTube
Police pose in Taksim
Police pose in Taksim
A protester stands and watches the action on June 11th in Istanbul.
A protester stands and watches the action on June 11th in Istanbul.
Brian Felsen
The famous  woman in red  being assaulted by policemen with pepper spray at Gezi Park
The famous "woman in red" being assaulted by policemen with pepper spray at Gezi Park
The Telegraph
Gezi Park and Ataturk Cultural Center in Taksim (both threatened to be torn down to build an Ottoman...
Gezi Park and Ataturk Cultural Center in Taksim (both threatened to be torn down to build an Ottoman museum and mosque)
Protesters wave flags inside Gezi Park
Protesters wave flags inside Gezi Park
Turkish Protests News
Gezi Park in Taksim  Istanbul
Gezi Park in Taksim, Istanbul
Police chat with some of the people in Taksim
Police chat with some of the people in Taksim
Inside Gezi Park s tent city before Erdogan had it cleared
Inside Gezi Park's tent city before Erdogan had it cleared
Trici Venola
 I’m impressed that people are protesting from all walks of life   says Felsen   and engaging in g...
"I’m impressed that people are protesting from all walks of life," says Felsen, "and engaging in genuine, protracted conversation and interaction, rather than the small, unrepresentative group of looters and thugs, as Erdogan characterized them. The "capulcus" came from all classes, ages, political parties, and sexual orientations."
Brian Felsen
Felsen says he hasn t seen very many Erdogan supporters.  (The) restaurants  hotels  and mosques hav...
Felsen says he hasn't seen very many Erdogan supporters. "(The) restaurants, hotels, and mosques have been providing shelter and aid; even taxi drivers and minibus drivers were supportive to the "capulcu" (Turkish slang for raiders or marauders) -they carry (them) to and from the protests."
Brian Felsen
Photographed at the protest in Istanbul June 7th  2013. The man on the left is  according to Felsen ...
Photographed at the protest in Istanbul June 7th, 2013. The man on the left is, according to Felsen, a supporter of Ataturk (considered by many to be the founder of modern Turkey); the boy on the right is with the country's worker's union.
Brian Felsen
Lawyers protest the arrest of their fellow lawyers in Istanbul
Lawyers protest the arrest of their fellow lawyers in Istanbul
Turkish Protests News
Protesters march through the Taksim district in Istanbul  near Gezi Park
Protesters march through the Taksim district in Istanbul, near Gezi Park
Turkish Protests News
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
YouTube
Protesters are doused with pepper spray in Taksim Square
Protesters are doused with pepper spray in Taksim Square
Turkish Protests News
 For better and worse  the military is no longer a balance for the government’s internal affairs  ...
"For better and worse, the military is no longer a balance for the government’s internal affairs," says Brian Felsen, "and the current trends in Turkey, towards encroachments on privacy and curtailing expression and assembly, may continue unabated for a time. But Turkey’s a fascinating place, and the only constant is change – so, perhaps, this too shall pass."
Brian Felsen
Police attack protesters with tear gas in the Taksim  Gezi Park protest.
Police attack protesters with tear gas in the Taksim, Gezi Park protest.
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İstanbul: Taksim Gezi Park
İstanbul: Taksim Gezi Park
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The police attack vehicle that chased tourists in Taksim and shot pepper spray
The police attack vehicle that chased tourists in Taksim and shot pepper spray

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