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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.

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Activists swarmed the area when news broke that 75-year-old trees in the park would be bulldozed to build a shopping mall.

wow, Turkish police men meet every prejudice of aggressive, macho, police-state attitude #occupygezi

Mirko Tobias Schäfer

@mirkoschaefer

wow, Turkish police men meet every prejudice of aggressive, macho, police-state attitude #occupygezi

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Protesters quickly took to Twitter and Instagram, organizing under the #DirenGeziParkı and #OccupyGezi hashtags.

tepsiyle böreğe misliyle biber gazı!! #direngeziparki #occupygezi

Kadir Kaymakcı

@Kadirkaymakci

tepsiyle böreğe misliyle biber gazı!! #direngeziparki #occupygezi

They were unable to stop the bulldozers.

#GeziParkıİçinTaksime yazık değil mi?

Balçiçek İlter

@Balciceki

#GeziParkıİçinTaksime yazık değil mi?

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

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Photos of frightened occupiers are currently flooding Twitter, pushing #direngeziparki to the second highest trending tag worldwide Friday morning.

It's almost 6 am in Istanbul, the police burn down protesters' tents ‏at #occupygezi via @kiyametprojesi

Burcu Baykurt

@BurcuBaykurt

It's almost 6 am in Istanbul, the police burn down protesters' tents ‏at #occupygezi via @kiyametprojesi

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There are also unconfirmed reports of police aiming tear gas canisters at civilians.

THESE ARE BEING AIMED at protesters heads in GEZI PARK! #direngeziparki #occupygezi http://t.co/CtQT3DNEWi

Speak Out 4 Rojava!

@Hevallo

THESE ARE BEING AIMED at protesters heads in GEZI PARK! #direngeziparki #occupygezi http://t.co/CtQT3DNEWi

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Ne zaman bu kadar zalim oldunuz? #direngeziparki #occupygezi

Greenpeace Türkiye

@Greenpeace_Med

Ne zaman bu kadar zalim oldunuz? #direngeziparki #occupygezi

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POLİS Mİ ŞİMDİ BU ? ADINI SİZ KOYUN @Olympics #occupygezi #direngeziparkı #PoliceViolenceInTurkey

* T.C. * CaNDaNDeNiz

@FBliCandanDeniz

POLİS Mİ ŞİMDİ BU ? ADINI SİZ KOYUN @Olympics #occupygezi #direngeziparkı #PoliceViolenceInTurkey

#taksim #direngeziparki #occupygezi

Umay Ahat

@ahatumay

#taksim #direngeziparki #occupygezi

Kafa tası parçalanan bir genç kız daha #direngeziparkı RT herkes görsün ! @NihatDogan_ND

eren ÅŸahin

@erennsahin

Kafa tası parçalanan bir genç kız daha #direngeziparkı RT herkes görsün ! @NihatDogan_ND

hastaneye saldırılıyor, savaşta bile yapılmaz bu!#direngeziparkı

Sevinç Eratalay

@EratalaySevinc

hastaneye saldırılıyor,

savaşta bile yapılmaz bu!#direngeziparkı

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

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Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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