Taksim Gezi Park Protest

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Violance against civilians in Turkey. WORLD please help us! Our media is banned, noone caan broadcast what is really going on! HELP!!

Violance against civilians in Turkey. Our media is banned, noone caan broadcast what is really going on!

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photo taken during occupygezi protests in Gezi Park, İstanbul, Turkey.

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An anti-government protester holds Turkeys national flag with a portrait of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey, on it during a demostration in Ankara late June 2013

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A protester hurls a tear gas canister during clashes in Taksim square in Istanbul on Tuesday.

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Photo: a man is hit by a jet of water as riot police use a water cannon to disperse demonstrators during a protest against Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in central Ankara June REUTERS/Umit Bektas

In the early afternoon Friday, Turkish police surrounded a peaceful group of protesters, and, shortly after the end of Friday prayers, began to volley a slew of tear gas canisters to disperse the crowd. The protesters had been camped in Gezi Park -- a small leafy park wedged near the bustling Taksim square -- for days to prevent the ripping out of trees to make way for the building of a shopping mall.

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Istanbul June 2013 Taksim Square is flooded by tear gas as clashes between protesters and riot police continue into the night in Istanbul Tuesday, June (Vadim Ghirda/AP)

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A demonstrator throws a tear gas canister back toward riot police during an anti-government protest in central Istanbul, on May (Reuters/Murad Sezer) #

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Turkish anti-government protesters gather as they break their first day of fasting for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on Istiklal street, the main shopping corridor, on July 2013 in Istanbul.