Turkish police raid peaceful sit-in against Istanbul tree removal
Turkish riot police used tear gas and water cannon Friday to end a peaceful sit-in by hundreds of people trying to prevent trees from being uprooted in an Istanbul park. The protesters were demanding Gezi Park be protected from plans that include the construction of a shopping mall.
Protesters suffering from exposure to tear gas assist one another during a protest against the demolition of Gezi Park in Istanbul. (May 31, 2013)
A protester clashes with Turkish riot policemen during a protest against the demolition of Gezi Park in Istanbul. (May 31, 2013)