Istanbul Protests

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Gezi Park was full of people on the night before police raided it and forced demonstrators to leave, near Taksim Square, in Istanbul, Turkey, June 14, 2013. 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. Around 5000 injuries and five deaths have been reported since the Gezi Park sit-in began about two weeks ago.