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Turkish police fire tear gas, water cannon at Gezi Park protesters (PHOTOS)
 Published time: July 13, 2013 17:29
Edited time: July 13, 2013 19:37

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Turkish police have cleared Istiklal Avenue, firing water cannon and tear gas at hundreds of protesters as they gathered to march to Gezi Park. The park has been a cradle of anti-government unrest for weeks.

Demonstrators have been protesting against a recently imposed law which blocked the authority of the Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects (TMMOB) from approving urban planning projects. They gathered at Istiklal Avenue to march to Gezi Park, which is located a short walking distance away.

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The crowd was chanting anti-government slogans and screaming, “This is just the beginning. The fight is continuing.”

As police approached the crowd and asked them to exit the area, some of the protesters refused to leave the street. Riot police then responded by using tear gas and water cannon.

Reports of Police firing plastic bullets @ Mis street @ Taksim Taksim empty but Police still attacking #occupygezi
— Taksim Gazette (@TaksimGazete) July 13, 2013

Police blocked the entrance into Taksim Square, but some protesters tried to break through and reach the area through smaller nearby streets.

Witnesses say police also blocked the entrance to Taksim Hospital. The entrance to Gezi Park has also been barricaded by law enforcement.

Police have reportedly used water cannon to shoot colored chemicals in order to disperse protesters, according to locals. Twitter user @TaksimGazete tweeted that police have pointed water cannons at apartments located above the protests.

Thousands are running away from POLICE during TMMOB protests | No TOLERANCE for FREE-SPEECH in #Turkey #occupygezi
— Taksim Gazette (@TaksimGazete) July 13, 2013

Many of those who left Istiklal Avenue have reportedly moved to another neighborhood near Taksim.  Taksim Gazette says that people have managed to get into Gezi Park, where they are currently holding “forum meeting.”

BREAKING: Protesters manage to regroup | Chant 'WE WILL SUCCEED TRU RESISTANCE, WE WILL NOT BACK DOWN #occupygezi
— Taksim Gazette (@TaksimGazete) July 13, 2013

TMMOB members also staged protests in Ankara on Saturday, with architects and engineers believing the bill – which was passed by parliament this week –to be part of a government vendetta.

Earlier, TMMOB opened a lawsuit against plans to redevelop Istanbul's Gezi Park.

A court has since cancelled the redevelopment project, although authorities can still appeal against the ruling.


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Re: Turkish police fire tear gas, water cannon at Gezi Park protesters
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2013, 14:54:06 PM »
Some Pictures have been sent to us:

Eyewitness said:
"This is Armutlu / Antakya City

People defending their hood from police.
They r throwing home appliances like washing machine, dish machine or refrigerators...
Yesterday they Attack a TOMA with 2 TON Water Depot and they managed to stop TOMA. Toma was unoperatable after that defensive move

If you ask why an ordinary people does that? The answer is hidden in the photo..."

Another Report sent to us:

"Toma vs Single PERSON

Istiklal Street
Taksim İstanbul"