On Saturday, hundreds gathered in Zuccotti Park, roughly three miles from the Turkish consulate, to demonstrate their solidarity with the thousands of Turks protesting Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s regime. Photographer C.S. Muncy was on the scene to capture the action–check out his photos after the jump.
Early last week, Turkish protesters staged a sit-in at Gezi Park, a traditional home to rallies and protests, which was set to be paved over with a shopping mall. But by Friday morning, the message of the demonstration expanded to criticism of the prime minister’s governance, and Turkish police had raided the camp of unarmed protesters, hitting them with tear gas and water cannons.
“We believe that Turkey’s long-term stability, security and prosperity is best guaranteed by upholding the fundamental freedoms of expression, assembly and association, which is what it seems these individuals were doing,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.
PressTV reported that 5,000 protesters surrounded Erdogan’s office on Saturday and threw stones, and another 10,000 rallied in Taksim Square again on Sunday, calling the Turkish government “fascist.”
By Friday more than 100 protesters had been injured, according to the Guardian. TechCrunch also reported that Twitter and Facebook were “nearly impossible” to access inside Istanbul, with at least one major Internet provider blocking service to the sites.
— Nicky Ocean ⚓ (@SeaNick_) June 3, 2013