Turkish police fire tear gas, water cannon at #OccupyGezi protesters; tourists among injured [photos, video]

A demonstration in a park in Istanbul, Turkey, escalated quickly as police moved in to clear out the protesters.

Reuters reports that tourists are among the hundred-plus injured:

Turkish police fired tear gas and water cannon on Friday at protesters occupying a park in central Istanbul, wounding scores including tourists in the harshest crackdown so far on days of anti-government unrest.

The protest at Gezi Park started late on Monday after developers tore up trees but has widened into a broader demonstration against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP).

Friday’s violence erupted after a dawn police raid on demonstrators who had camped for days in the park in anger at plans to build a shopping mall. Clouds of tear gas rose around the area in Taksim Square, long a venue for political protest.

Twitter users are passing along pictures:

Why, yes it did.

Video of one protester finding out the hard way that water cannons pack a wallop:

http://youtu.be/CbRgMqkSvRg

This particular revolution is apparently not being televised locally:

  • tcbaz

    Note to self – Scratch Turkey off list of potential vacation spots
    Self to note – It was never on the list

    • Clayton Grant

      Istanbul and its architecture are absolutely beautiful. Many of the buildings constructed under Emperor Justinian still stand, including the Hagia Sophia Museum.

      • CatHerder

        Most of the things worth seeing weren’t built by Turks.

        • Clayton Grant

          That depends on how you define “Turks”. It’s a secular country and the Ottoman Empire contributed a great many things to the region.

      • CatHerder

        Most of the things worth seeing weren’t built by Turks.

      • redheadgrl

        Anthony Bourdain’s episode there was cool – the food looked amazing!

      • tcbaz

        This is what I get for being a smart a$$. I have several friends that have visited Turkey (early 1990s) and have said that the people in the outlying areas are wonderful. I would really like to see the bridge that connects Asia to Europe

        • Anjali

          It’s all very well to joke about, but my parents just got on a flight to Istanbul today, and I’m quite worried about them now. Do you think the violence will last?

    • Clayton Grant

      Istanbul and its architecture are absolutely beautiful. Many of the buildings constructed under Emperor Justinian still stand, including the Hagia Sophia Museum.

    • tjack

      I agree with you but Satirist is absolutely correct. It’ll be a shame if/when Turkey goes all out Islam extreme.

    • tjack

      I agree with you but Satirist is absolutely correct. It’ll be a shame if/when Turkey goes all out Islam extreme.

  • tcbaz

    Note to self – Scratch Turkey off list of potential vacation spots
    Self to note – It was never on the list

  • BHopper2

    Trying to put American values on a foreign country. Turkey’s laws are not the USA’s laws, and they have harsher penalties for protesting. So, nothing to see here, move along, move along.

    • Ronald Green

      Who said anything about that, except you?

    • Ronald Green

      Who said anything about that, except you?