Protests in Turkey, from the ROAR Collective
As anti-government protests rippled across Turkey, Elif Batuman went out into the streets to report on the occupation of a small park in the European neighborhood of Taksim by peaceful protesters. "This morning, forty thousand demonstrators are said to have crossed the Bosphorus Bridge from the Asian side of the city, to lend support in Taksim. Hundreds of backup police are reportedly being flown into Istanbul from all around the country... On my street, spirits seem to be high. Someone is playing 'Bella, Ciao' on a boom-box, and I can hear cheering and clapping. But every now and then the spring breeze carries a high, whistling, screaming sound, and the faint smell of pepper gas." For more on the protests as they develop, follow the #occupygezi hashtag on twitter.
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