Istanbul Taksim Square

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Police stops journalists’ march to Taksim Square | Press TV

As hundreds of journalists had taken to the streets to protest the curbs on media freedom in Turkey, riot police intervened and prevented them from entering the Taksim Square. So the protesters staged a sit-in on Istiklal Street, which leads to the square.

The journalists’ protest was a show of solidarity with several Turkish journalists who have either quit or lost their jobs during the weeks of anti-government protests. They also wanted about 70 of their imprisoned colleagues to be freed. [Read the full article]

Gezi-related detaiments, releases continue | World Bulletin

A man for whom an İstanbul court issued an arrest warrant on charges of attacking Gezi Park protesters with a machete has allegedly fled to Morocco to escape arrest, Turkish media reported on Friday.

The İstanbul 1st High Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant on Thursday for confessed machete attacker Sabri Çelebi, who was released pending trial on Monday by another İstanbul court, after the İstanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office appealed the decision. [Read the full article]

The Battle over Turkey’s ‘Tahrir Square’ Continues | PJ Media

Gezi Park in Istanbul, from which national demonstrations against Islamist rule began, had been closed since police forcefully evicted the protestors (chapulcular, in Turkish) a couple of weeks ago. The municipality meanwhile quickly moved in, fixed the walls, planted new trees, lots of new flowers, and beautified the park in general.

During those activities the park was closed to the public. When it was all done the governor of Istanbul announced that it would be open to the public again last Sunday. [Read the full article]

I was harassed by police: Leading Gezi activist | Hurriyet

Mücella Yapıcı, the head of the Chamber of Architecture and a leading figure in the Taksim Solidarity Platform, revealed the horrifying procedure of her detention and release while giving her defense testimony at Istanbul’s Çağlayan courthouse.

Yapıcı has been prominent in Turkey’s nationwide Gezi Park protests and was detained along with other members of the Taksim Solidarity Platform on charges of “leading a crime syndicate,” but was released on July 11. [Read the full article]

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