As citizens of Turkey continue to protest the increasingly hardline government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, that very same government has begun an unnecessarily violent crackdown on dissenters.
A few hours after issuing an ultimatum demanding that protesters clear out of Taksim Square and Gezi Park in Istanbul, Erdogan ordered Turkish police to storm the park and eject the protesters by force. Turkey's minister to the European Union, Egemen Bagis, said that anyone who enters Taksim Square will be treated "as a terrorist."
Ambulances have arrived at the scene to help administer care to hundreds being hurt. The Turkish police have only stepped up the violence, though, and are reportedly raiding hotels where the wounded are being cared for. Check out these 10 images of the government's reprehensible response to the protests over the past couple of weeks.
... the demonstrator's sign says "Chemical Tayyip" in reference to the Prime Minister.
... increasingly one of the most iconic images of Erdogan's crackdown.
... and is carried into the basement of the Divan Hotel, which was under attack by police.
... who was already on the ground.
...because these four young women are obviously threats.
... the man miraculously survived the attack.
A stunning collection of video clips showing police using tanks, tear gas, rubber bullets, water cannons, and bulldozers to end the protest.
As of now, the square and park have been cleared by police and the camps are being torn down. Protesters are attempting to barricade streets around Istanbul in an effort to block police.
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