Saturday, 1 June 2013

Protesters filled the streets of Turkey on Saturday, the second day of intense clashes between demonstrators and police.

One protester was Gokce, 32, a Turkish businesswoman who asked to be identified only by her first name. She said she had been attending the protests in Istanbul's Taksim Square for three days, and plans to keep going back. Peaceful protests began earlier in the week over plans to redevelop a park in the square, but a harsh crackdown by police has prompted violence over the last several days.

Gokce said the mood on Thursday was like a festival, with singing and chanting. She went home at about 1 a.m., and learned a few hours later that police had pepper sprayed demonstrators who remained overnight. It only hastened her resolve to rejoin the protests that night, she said.


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