Turkey is seeing a second day of massive protests in its major cities, with tear gas and water cannons being deployed by the Erdogan government.
Democracy protesters shut down the Bosphorus_Bridge in Istanbul on the second day of mass protests. (Imgur)
The protests started after the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced plans to redevelop historic Gezi Park in Istanbul’s Taksim Square into a shopping mall. This upset locals who staged a sit-in protest. The protests escalated into a mass uprising after the original group was attacked by government forces.
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What started at the beginning of the week as an environmental protest aimed at saving the park from a shopping mall has snowballed into a national display of anger at the Erdogan government.
The central subway station in the city’s metro network, has reportedly been shut down in an effort to keep more people from reaching the ongoing protests
The activists insist the movement is much more than a park protest.
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