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Thousands of protesters in Istanbul clashed with police in the most violent rally Turkey has seen in years. Hundreds have been injured and dozens arrested in fierce rioting which the media has dubbed the Turkish Spring as it spreads across the country. FOLLOW LIVE UPDATES: http://on.rt.com/2dow77 PHOTO GALLERY: http://on.rt.com/3fto6s

 

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Activists in Tel Aviv protest police violence in Turkey

Bearing signs reading ‘Occupy Gezi,’ 50 people demonstrate outside Turkish Embassy

June 2, 2013, 10:05 pm
Demonstrators outside the Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv in solidarity with protesters in Taksim Square. (photo credit: Ricky Ben-David/Times of Israel staff)

Demonstrators outside the Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv in solidarity with protesters in Taksim Square. (photo credit: Ricky Ben-David/Times of Israel staff)

Though it paled in comparison to the throngs gathered in Istanbul’s Taksim Square, several dozen protesters on Sunday evening gathered outside the Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv in a symbolic act of solidarity with the Turkish people.

Demonstrators outside the Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv in solidarity with protesters in Taksim Square. (photo credit: Ricky Ben David/Times of Israel staff)

Demonstrators protest against Turkish government policies outside the Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv, Sunday, June 2 (photo credit: Ricky Ben-David/Times of Israel staff)

Holding aloft placards in Turkish and English and waving a black flag, the small crowd of human rights activists chanted slogans in Hebrew against Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and denounced police violence against peaceful protesters.

“Enough with the violence by the state and the police,” they said. ”Democracy or rebellion,” said others.

Asaf Nisan Guler, a young Turkish-Israeli citizen, gave his opinion:
“I’m speaking to my friends in Turkey who are out protesting; they are not afraid, their hearts are transformed. They are against oppression in their country. The way the government handled the protests was wrong, violent, fascist, illegitimate … all those things.

“I don’t think this is a Turkish Spring, not quite yet. Not like the Arab Spring, which was some sectors of society against others. The Turkish protesters are peaceful; they don’t do provocations … they just want the oppression to stop. I don’t see it turning into something like the Arab Spring. Turkey is, after all, an established democracy.”

 

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Turkish People victory against Erdogan Government, Police withdraw from Taksim Square

Date and Time:2 June 2013 – 8:23

turkey2Police in Istanbul have withdrawn from Taksim Square, allowing the mass protest to continue unabated, Turkish media report. Istanbul and Ankara are entering the third day of violent protests, with tear gas and water cannon deployed and over 900 arrested.

 

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