Greenpeace condemns the brutal police clampdown on the Gezi Park protest and defends the right to peaceful protest. What started as a peaceful protest against the destruction of an iconic and historic park by Taksim Square has grown into a wider struggle for Turkish democracy and the right to peaceful protest all across the world. Taksim Square is the last remaining green space in Istanbul, and is slated to turn into a shopping mall.
Greenpeace’s Mediterranean office is in the heart of Taksim Square. See more photos of the protests below, and stay tuned for more updates from activists on the scene.