Istanbul-based photographer shares with NN his photos of the chaotic weekend that has now become an international symbol of REVOLUTION.

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It started out as peaceful protest against Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan’s plans to build commercial space in Gezi Park, one of the few green spaces left in the city. But over the weekend, the protests turned into violent riots at the hands of a government that many people are claiming has become too “authoritarian” in the secular country.

Worse still is Erdogan’s government imposed media-blackout coupled with local reports of police brutality, adding fuel to an already hot fire and ammo for the increasing number of human rights supporters around the world. Thankfully, social media outlets, such as Twitter and local photographers have kept the story on the radar.

 

See what happened over the weekend in Istanbul.  Click on the images to begin the slideshow.

 

 

 

 

 

Istanbul Riots 2013

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