Slideshow: Turmoil and tear gas in Istanbul’s Gezi Park

Watch how police trap protesters in the park, and fire at crowds, buildings and emergency vehicles SLIDE SHOW

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Slideshow: Turmoil and tear gas in Istanbul's Gezi Park

Earlier this week, my wife and I got caught in the battle for Gezi Park in Istanbul. What follows are photos depicting how the government is crushing the people who still fight for freedom of expression and assembly — with police trapping them and firing into the park, as well as into buildings and at ambulances.

 

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    Police shooting tear gas canisters at Kurdish protesters in Taksim Square while thousands of people in Gezi Park watch from above.

    Photos: Turmoil and tear gas in Instanbul's Gezi Park - Slideshow

    Running away from tear gas in front of work machinery originally brought to start the construction project but commandeered by the protesters.

    Photos: Turmoil and tear gas in Instanbul's Gezi Park - Slideshow

    Protesters take a break, share a cigarette.

    Photos: Turmoil and tear gas in Instanbul's Gezi Park - Slideshow

    LGBT protesters walking from Taksim Square to Gezi Park, among other political groups.

    Photos: Turmoil and tear gas in Instanbul's Gezi Park - Slideshow

    Kurdish protester throwing rocks and beer bottles at the TOMA tanks, which spray them with water cannons.

    Photos: Turmoil and tear gas in Instanbul's Gezi Park - Slideshow

    Police throwing gas from outside the park onto the roof of the park's cafe room, which had been used for "Capul TV" reporting.

    Photos: Turmoil and tear gas in Instanbul's Gezi Park - Slideshow

    Police surround the park and begin shooting tear gas canisters inside from all sides.

    Photos: Turmoil and tear gas in Instanbul's Gezi Park - Slideshow

    Volunteers write people's blood types on their arms in case they get wounded and need a quick transfusion.

    Photos: Turmoil and tear gas in Instanbul's Gezi Park - Slideshow

    A protester dons a mask amid the tear gas.

    Photos: Turmoil and tear gas in Instanbul's Gezi Park - Slideshow

    Police using more tear gas to clear the area.

    Photos: Turmoil and tear gas in Instanbul's Gezi Park - Slideshow

    Protesters shoot fireworks at police to hold the square; police return fire with tear gas.

    Photos: Turmoil and tear gas in Instanbul's Gezi Park - Slideshow

    The cars left in Taksim Square on the first day of the protests had been turned into a graffiti art installation, but when police tried to empty the square, the protesters set fire to the cars.

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