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Turkish anti-riot police are brutally trying to suppress protests in Istanbul, Turkey against the destruction of the city's last remaining green space in order to build yet another mall. They are specifically targeting journalists. From around the web, twitter and FB:

We Need Help #occupygezi
An appeal to my international friends. We need your help.

Here is why: International and local media is either ignoring or downplaying the excessive police force used on the peaceful demonstrators opposing the cutting of trees in ‘Taksim Gezi Parki’ in order to build a shopping mall. People sitting there with there books to protest cutting trees are teargassed, shot with plastic bullets and watered down.World needs to know that this is no small incident caused by two idiotic protesters: However, people from all walks of life regardless of religious or political beliefs are in ‘Taksim Gezi Park.’

Here is how you can help:

1- If you are on twitter please use #DirenGezi to draw more media attention to what is happening in ‘Taksim Gezi Park.’
2- You can share this post on your Facebook status to your community and raise awareness to what is escalating here. Maybe it will draw some media attention.
3- You can email this message to your friends and ask them to do the same thing. Maybe some news agency will hear of it… (if you have contacts in media all the better)
4- You can call the Turkish embassy in your country and ask why police is gassing people in Taksim and ask if the country is safe? contact numbers can be found at Maybe some government official will be embarrassed.

Turkish police fired tear gas and water cannon on Friday at protesters occupying a park in central Istanbul, injuring scores in the latest violent crackdown on anti-government demonstrations.
More outrageous police violence against the same Reuters photographer who took the iconic image of the protester in summer dress being sprayed on first day of demos: Gezi Parkı'ndaki direnişin sembolü olan "Kırmızılı Kadın" fotoğrafını çeken Reuters muhabiri Osman Orsal gaz bombası ile başından vurulduktan hemen sonra foto: @selsnmez
Please help get this more noticed.

From Facebook:

Two live feeds in Taksim - watch live the violence the police is unleashing there:
Gezi Parkı Canlı Yayını

Even in EU member Greece during the worst repression we did not see the amount of teargas currently being unleashed by EU candidate Turkey against its people right now. Amazingly, the barricades are holding.

Originally posted to Athenian on Fri May 31, 2013 at 07:59 AM PDT.

Also republished by Occupy Wall Street.

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