Taksim Square was attacked and cleared yesterday. Riot police came in to protect a "cleaning" operation, obvious provocateurs threw molotovs, and the cops let them run loose while wailing into the crowd with teargas and water cannons. Gesi Park next door is still occupied.
Shit, 50 lawyers went to deliver a statement about the attack on Gezi Parki outside a court and they were all arrested and beaten. Not good.
Follow developments here:
Turkish riot police move into Taksim Square - live updates
• More than 50 lawyers arrested at court protest
• Erdogan praises police operation
• Protesters claim police provocateurs threw petrol bombs
• Police use water cannon and teargas to breakup protests
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/ju ... 49db72ad93
Here's a summary of the main events so far today:
• Turkish riot police broke up a protest by lawyers at Istanbul's main court as they gathered to make a statement about police brutality. More than 50 lawyers were detained. Video footage showed that many of them were beaten.
• At least 15 people were treated in hospital, including one man with a brain injury, after police used teargas and water cannon to regain control of Taksim Square from anti-government protesters. Police briefly entered Gezi Park but were resisted by protesters. Earlier the governor of Istanbul had pledged that police would not enter Gezi Park.
• Protesters accused the security services of trying to provoke violence by using provocateurs to throw petrol bombs at police vehicles. Observers noted that the protest movement opposes violence and that those throwing the petrol bombs resembled policemen.
• Prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan praised the police operation and urged the protesters to leave the streets. He said: "I request all activists to see the big picture, understand the plot, and withdraw from the streets."
If on facebook, follow the feed of photographer Jenna Pope. She's effectively the OWS correspondant on the scene, a one-woman wireservice and a hero to me.
Maybe some of her pics later... she's a talent.
Also, in New York on Saturday (also posted on another thread), event I helped organize, pics & video:
TURKISH-GREEK SOLIDARITY JUNE 8 @ OWS ZUCCOTTI
Video & Photos – #ResistIstanbulAthensNYC
From New York, we hoped to do our modest part in solidarity with the ongoing Turkish struggle. Fifty people gathered at 1:30 last Saturday (6/8)...
http://www.akny.org/2013/06/turkish-gre ... -zuccotti/