Istanbul Protests

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The creativity and personalities of each of the protesters, like this disco ball hanging from a tree, are on display in Gezi Park, Istanbul, Turkey, June 10, 2013. One of the first actions upon their arrival in the square was to take down all of the banners hung by protesters along the building's outside wall. What started as a peaceful sit-in to save a small park near Taksim Square from being turned into a shopping mall has turned into large-scale anti-government demonstrations in cities across Turkey. In Istanbul, the protests have united communists, nationalists, anarchists, social liberals, and others unhappy with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's policies. Taking inspiration from the Occupy Wall Street movement in the United States, thousands of protesters have set up tents and are occupying the park in hopes of making their voices heard.