Protesters #OccupyGezi to save Istanbul park
Protesters #OccupyGezi to save Istanbul parkActivists defy bulldozers to block demolition of city's 'last public green space'.
A Turkish riot policeman uses tear gas as people protest against the destruction of trees in a park brought about by a pedestrian project, in Taksim Square in central Istanbul May 28, 2013 (Reuters/Osman Orsal).
Updated on Friday at 17:15 GMT.
Turkish riot police fired tear gas and water cannons into crowds of demonstrators gathered in Istanbul’s Gezi park on Friday. Since May 28, activists have held peaceful protests to prevent the demolition of a what they call Istanbul’s last green public space.
According to Al Jazeera’s Rawya Rageh, protesters complained that police were firing teargas indiscriminately, while some demonstrators were seen throwing rocks at police.
While the main demand of the demonstration is to protect Gezi park, other are airing grievances against Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.