Between May and June 2013 we experienced tragic and sorrowful days in Turkey.This was a very special period, because that entire noisy quarrel started with the idea of protecting the Gezi Park and its trees in Taksim, Istanbul, from being cut.
All the troubles started with this innocent touch. At the end, millions of people were shouting on the streets, and the picture has been changed.
Police violence has been started! Everything became serious. At that moment the main media organs were in silence and showing classic daily programs on TV.
While the demonstrations were largely peaceful, police used extensive means of violence to suppress the activists. Eleven dead and more than 8,000 people were injured as a result of tear gas, water cannons and general police violence meted out to protesters during those weeks.
The protests had no centralized leadership beyond the small organization of activists who sparked the original environmental protest, which widely became known as Occupy Gezi because of its resemblance to the Occupy movement that swept America, and much of the world, the previous autumn.