In Turkey, at least 100 injured as police use teargas, water cannons against protesters at Gezi Park:
“These people will not bow down to you” — protest banner
Police raided the camps of demonstrators at dawn on Friday. The demonstrators have been in the park for days to protest plans to build a shopping mall. Clouds of teargas rose around Taksim Square, a historic venue for political protest in the country.
Two Tumblrs are claiming to collect unconfirmed pictures of the protests: resistaksim.tumblr.com and occupygezipics.tumblr.com.
Protests began on Monday after developers destroyed trees in the park. It has since widened into a demonstration against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan political party, perceived policy brutality, and the government’s stance on Syria.
The Istanbul Medical Chamber said at least 100 people sustained minor injuries, some when a wall collapsed as they tried to flee teargas. Amnesty International said it was concerned by what it described as “the use of excessive force” by the police.
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Photos: Reuters photographers Osman Orsal and Murad Sezer