Incredible And Frightening Photos From Istanbul’s #OccupyGezi

Thousands of protesters are currently clashing with police in a three-day stand-off over the demolition of a beloved park in Istanbul.

1. More than 10,000 people attempted to prevent the razing of Gezi Park in Istanbul, Turkey this week. The occupation turned violent when police began clashing with protesters.

3. Photos began appearing on social media of police using tear gas to push activists out of the area.

5. Images are also being uploaded to an Occupy Gezi Tumblr.

7. Shocking video of protesters putting on homemade gas masks as police shoot the crowd with tear gas.

13. Along with tear gas, Istanbul law enforcement was also spraying occupiers with hoses to push them out of the park.

20. A Reddit thread organized around the riots describes a chaotic scene, with rumors circulating of police jamming cell phones and using plastic bullets.

22. A definitive timeline of events is currently unclear, but it appears as though police teargassed a metro station near the park Friday morning.

26. Government management of public space in Istanbul has been widely criticized in the past.

30. Terrifying footage of the water hoses the police are using on protesters.

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