Gripping photos: The people of the Turkey protests

These images remind us of the human element of conflict -- and paint a portrait of a divided but beautiful country

By Colin Shafer

Published June 18, 2013 6:21PM (EDT)

As the media often focuses on sensational highlights of the ongoing movement in Istanbul’s Gezi Park and Taksim Square, it is important to remember the human element of conflict. To see moments in the lives of those involved – protesters, the police, as well as bystanders - the heated moments when the tear gas is being breathed in or the downtime of writing in a diary.

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