De la defensa de un parque a la insurrección civil.
Video: Furgón policial atropella a manifestantes en Turquía
En las imágenes se ve a varios manifestantes en una carretera tratando de protegerse de los cañones de agua entre contenedores de basura. De repente otro vehículo policial se abre paso desde un lado, colisionando con los contenedores y golpeando de paso a los manifestantes.
El video provocó el enfado y múltiples comentarios de los internautas.
Las protestas, que empezaron en Estambul como una acampada pacífica contra la tala de los árboles de un céntrico parque para construir un centro comercial, se han transformado en choques entre los manifestantes y la Policía antidisturbios en 48 provincias de Turquía.
Las fuerzas de seguridad emplearon gases lacrimógenos y cañones de agua a presión para dispersar a los manifestantes.
La Asociación Médica Turca informó que cerca de 1.000 personas resultaron heridas solo en Estambul.
Fuentes extraoficiales informan sobre varias víctimas mortales.
El ministro del Interior turco afirmó que 939 detenciones han sido realizadas en las más de 90 manifestaciones que se han llevado a cabo en Turquía en los últimos días.
The protests were peaceful and no arrests were made.
21:19 GMT: Photo shows protesters taking care of an injured demonstrator during a rally in support of protests in Istanbul and against the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), in Ankara, on June 1.
20:46 GMT: Triumph and jubilation as the Taksim Square crowd celebrates the retreat of riot police on Saturday. The epicenter of protests had earlier been marked by fierce clashes with police and dozens of injured. But the mood has bounced back and the Turkish are now ecstatic – singing, dancing and drinking.
19:43 GMT: Twitter users say police have used tear gas against the protesters in Beşiktaş, an Istanbul municipality located on the European shore of the Bosphorus.
Protesters claim the clashes erupted after the police deployed armored cars and started firing gas at a peaceful demonstration, arresting both ralliers and passersby.
19:14 GMT: More than 90 demonstrations took place in 48 provinces of Turkey over two days, and 939 people have been detained across the country as part of “necessary security measures,” Turkish Interior Minister Muammer Güler said.
17:34 GMT: Solidarity protests are being staged or planned across Europe and the US, with people in cities including Boston, London, Berlin, Athens, Nicosia and Helsinki rallying against the violence in Turkey.
16:41 GMT: In New York City’s Zuccotti Park, hundreds of Occupy movement supporters are gathering for a solidarity demonstration. The protesters say they will march about 3 miles to the Turkish Consulate.
16:36 GMT: Protesters in Egypt will gather for Taksim solidarity protest at 7 pm local time tomorrow in front of the Turkish Embassy, Cairo, RT’s Bel Trew reports.
16:17 GMT: Human Rights Watch urged Erdogan’s government to “end police violence and excessive use of force against protesters across Turkey” in a statement published on the group’s website.
“The police’s record on abusive policing has been surpassed as they use tear gas and water cannon fire against peaceful demonstrators,” said Emma Sinclair-Webb, senior Turkey researcher at Human Rights Watch.
“The government’s failure to respect the right to protest and to speak out is fuelling discontent among people in Turkey,” she added.
15:45 GMT: Turks have gathered in front of the EU Parliament in Brussels to protest violence in Turkey, chanting anti-government slogans and holding banners, RT’s Tesa Arcilla reports. “This is not about a park. It’s about the abuse of state power. It’s about media being censored. This is about democracy,” reads one of the banners held by protesters.
15:05 GMT: Protesters keep posting tweets saying there has been little or no coverage of protests in mainstream Turkish media.
13:49 GMT: The police are withdrawing from Taksim Square in Istanbul, allowing the people to protest, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported.
13:27 GMT: Nearly 1,000 people have been injured in clashes with the police in Istanbul alone, and at least six of them lost eyes after being hit by gas canisters, Reuters reported citing Turkish Doctors’ Association.
The European parliament and human rights groups such as Amnesty International raised their concern about excessive use of force by police in Turkey. The US State Department said it is concerned about the high number of injuries.
“The severity shown by the police is completely disproportionate and is leading to a spreading of the protests,” Martin Schulz, head of the European Parliament and a leading member of Social Democratic Party of Germany said in a statement.
13:19 GMT: The ongoing protests in Turkey are being “hijacked” by oppositional minded forces and even criminal elements attempting to air their own grievances with the current government, Mahir Zeynalov, a reporter from the Turkish daily newspaper, ‘Today’s Zaman’, told RT.
“All these protesters are not out on the streets protesting the cutting of several trees. The main opposition are trying to get behind these protests,” Zeynalov argues. “There are really sincere protesters that have legitimate demands… but this has gone well beyond what they were initially protesting. It has become an opportunity for other groups to stage their protests and to use the opportunity to actually attack police forces and express their discontent about the government’s other policies.”
13:09 GMT: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged to end the protests raging for the second day.
“I call on the protesters to stop their demonstrations immediately,” Erdogan said, demanding they not cause “further damage to visitors, pedestrians and shopkeepers.”
12:37 GMT: Turkish police on Saturday have been using an unidentified orange gas with a smell “different” from normal teargas, protesters report on Twitter. Some claim it is a dangerous chemical.
12:06 GMT: Pharmacies selling gas masks at great discounts – some give them for free. Major hotels offer food, water and refuge to protesters, activists report on Twitter.
10:52 GMT: All across the country, activists on Twitter are warning their fellow protesters of the authorities blocking the internet and telephone networks, as well as tracking the demonstrators.
10:17 GMT: Turkish PM Tayyip Erdogan stressed that he would push ahead with plans to redevelop Istanbul’s central Taksim Square despite protests, according to Reuters. Erdogan pointed out that the redevelopment plans were being used by protesters as a pretext to escalate tensions.
09:59 GMT: As quoted by Mahir Zeynalov, a correspondent for ‘Today’s Zaman’, Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan commented on the events: “Construction works in Gezi Park in Taksim is not related to the Topçu barrack construction. Everyone has a right to protest peacefully. But no one has right to occupy and disrupt public order. All attempts to change the government other than via the ballot box are anti-democratic, illegal.”
08:15 GMT: Police have cracked down on protesters in Ankara, using teargas and water cannons, as protests spread from Istanbul to the capital.
07:06 GMT: Police clashed with groups of stone-throwing young protesters trying to reach Taksim Square in Istanbul.
06:20 GMT: Police are firing teargas to bar the protesters from reaching the main square, AP reported Saturday morning.
05:40 GMT: Security has been stepped up in the metropolis, with police forces drafted from other regions. Some districts in Istanbul have been cordoned off. Traffic is currently at a standstill.
04:55 GMT: Thousands are crossing the Bosphorus Bridge this morning, to get to Taskim Square in the heart of Istanbul, marking the second day of protest turbulence engulfing Istanbul.
02:34 GMT: The photos show angry crowds in the streets of the Turkish capital, Ankara, overnight. Thousands rallied in the center of the city earlier on Friday chanting for the government to resign. Police fired tear gas to disperse several dozen opposition supporters trying to reach the AKP headquarters.
01:20 GMT: Thousands of fans from the three largest soccer teams in Turkey joined the demonstrators in Istanbul, Ayda said.
01:18 GMT: As of 3:00am local time, even the most remote and quiet neighborhoods of Istanbul had joined in the protest, Ayda, a demonstrator, told RT. People are “banging on pots and pans, yelling, honking their car horns on the streets, and yelling slogans like “Erdogan, istifa!” (Turkish: Erdogan, resign!).”
00:00 GMT: Istanbul resident Tan Tunali told RT Istiklal Caddesi, the street leading to Taksim Square, was almost empty as of 2:00am local time, with the protesters spreading to other streets. “Now a lot of people spontaneously started taking to the streets and probably many of them are trying to get to Taksim.”
Saturday, June 1
23:50 GMT: According to an Istanbul-based activist, who has chosen to go by the alias Pink Pig, the protest is growing bigger. “People are coming from everywhere.” A witness video shows that the demonstration has spread to the Besiktas Sqaure, which is to the west of Taksim Square.
“Today the police used gas bombs and water cannon to get the protesters away from the Gezi park. And then from Taksim square too. They closed all the entries to the Taksim square. They closed the Taksim metro station. Since the morning we smelt gas in the streets of Taksim,” the activist told RT.
22: 40 GMT: Witness says ‘1000s of people in Ankara closed off the protocol road, marching toward the parliament building.’ Earlier reports emerged of the protests and tear-gas having spread from Istanbul’s Gezi to the capital Ankara. Protesters also witnessed at two locations in Izmir, according to social media pictures. Thousands are currently reported to be marching towards the Parliament.
22:36 GMT: There are reports that police are teargassing people in a subway station.
22: 31 GMT: Witness says ‘military distriburting masks’ as police continue with the teargas, adding that it appears ‘the military haven’t been reined in by the government.’
22:24 GMT: Police said to have used plastic bullets, causing more severe injuries.
22:15 GMT: Six out the twelve protesters injured so far have incurred serious head trauma.
22:00 GMT: 12 protesters injured, 100 receive minor injuries.
20:00 GMT: Police carry out dawn raid against protesters.
21:00: GMT: A video shows police using water cannons to disperse protesters at Istanbul’s landmark Taksim Square.