Published on Jan 18, 2014
Anti-government protesters and police clashed in Istanbul on Saturday during demonstrations against the government’s new internet policy.
Protesters converged on Taksim Square, chanting “Government resign” and “All united against fascism”, with some reportedly launching fireworks and stones at police. In response, Turkish riot police deployed water canon, tear gas and plastic bullets to disperse protesters. Clashes broke up soon afterwards.
The internet bill would allow officials to keep records of web users’ activities and block keywords seen as ‘problematic’. Despite growing concerns about censorship, the bill was approved by a parliamentary committee on Thursday.
Published on 13 Nov 2013
A silent, standing protest by performance artist Erdem Gunduz has been taken up by hundreds of anti-government demonstrators and spread to several Turkish cities.Mr Gunduz appeared in Istanbul’s Taksim Square at around 18:00 (15:00 GMT) on Monday and remained there until 02:00 when police moved in.
His protest quickly captured the imagination of the protest movement. The hash tag ‘duranadam’ (‘standing man’) dominated Turkish-language Twitter on Tuesday morning. Hundreds of people in Istanbul and Ankara took up the protest on Tuesday.
Taksim Commune: Gezi Park And The Uprising In Turkey
Since the end of May 2013, political unrest has swept across Turkey. In Istanbul, a large part of the central Beyoğlu district became a battle zone for three consecutive weeks with conflicts continuing afterward. So far five people have died and thousands have been injured.
The protests were initially aimed at rescuing Istanbul’s Gezi Park from being demolished as part of a large scale urban renewal project. The police used extreme force during a series of police attacks that began on May 28th 2013 and which came to a dramatic head in the early morning hours of Friday May 31st when police attacked protesters sleeping in the park.
Over the course of a few days, the police attacks grew to shocking proportions. As the images of the heavy-handed policing spread across the world, the protests quickly transformed into a popular uprising against the Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his style of authoritarian rule.
This short documentary tells the story of the occupation of Gezi Park, the eviction on July 15, 2013, and the protests that have continued in the aftermath. It includes interviews with many participants and footage never seen before.
Hundreds of protesters gathered in Istanbul on Saturday to march to Gezi Park. They’ve been protesting against a recently imposed law. It blocks the Turkish Engineers and Architects Union from approving urban planning projects. The law is seen by many as part of a government vendetta.
The union previously brought a lawsuit over plans to develop Gezi Park, prompting the first protests against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan.
The crowd chanted anti-government slogans and screamed: “This is just the beginning. The fight is continuing.”
Published on 2 Jul 2013
Journalist Tim Pool recently joined the VICE editorial staff to cover breaking news, and his first assignment was to fly down to Istanbul and do a live stream of the protests against the construction of a mall in Gezi Park and Prime Minister Erdogan’s Islamist policies. Tim also produced this documentary about the uprising, which includes interviews with protesters on the ground as well info about the failure of the Turkish media to properly give a shit about the situation.
Published on 11 Jun 2013
Turkish police have taken several dozen lawyers into custody for joining the ongoing protests. The arrests in Istanbul come as police launched a crackdown on protesters in the city’s Taksim Square.
The lawyers were seized at the Caglayan Courthouse on Tuesday by troops of the special forces unit, reported Hürriyet Daily News