PHOTOS: Turkish Anti-Government Movement Has Friends in Zuccotti Park

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C.S. Muncy
On Saturday, hundreds gathered in Zuccotti Park, roughly three miles from the Turkish consulate, to demonstrate their solidarity with the thousands of Turks protesting Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's regime. Photographer C.S. Muncy was on the scene to capture the action--check out his photos after the jump.

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C.S. Muncy

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C.S. Muncy

Early last week, Turkish protesters staged a sit-in at Gezi Park, a traditional home to rallies and protests, which was set to be paved over with a shopping mall. But by Friday morning, the message of the demonstration expanded to criticism of the prime minister's governance, and Turkish police had raided the camp of unarmed protesters, hitting them with tear gas and water cannons.

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C.S. Muncy

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C.S. Muncy

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C.S. Muncy

"We believe that Turkey's long-term stability, security and prosperity is best guaranteed by upholding the fundamental freedoms of expression, assembly and association, which is what it seems these individuals were doing,'' State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.

PressTV reported that 5,000 protesters surrounded Erdogan's office on Saturday and threw stones, and another 10,000 rallied in Taksim Square again on Sunday, calling the Turkish government "fascist."

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C.S. Muncy

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C.S. Muncy

By Friday more than 100 protesters had been injured, according to the Guardian. TechCrunch also reported that Twitter and Facebook were "nearly impossible" to access inside Istanbul, with at least one major Internet provider blocking service to the sites.

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C.S. Muncy

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4 comments
m.freedman
m.freedman

Strange how the Voice completely edited OWS out of the picture, especially since the Turkish protesters choose Zuccotti, noted simply as being three miles from the Turkish Embassy in the article without mentioning it was chosen because  zuccotti was the birth place of Occupy Wall Street and the two groups worked together for this solidarity action. There were plenty people from OWS in the park, lots of yellow occupy flags and #occupygezi signs, etc. not that you could see any from the pictures. Sure, the focus was Turkey, but the reporting was sloppy and incomplete, one could say misleading. All our grievances are connected. 


sydney.brownstone
sydney.brownstone

@m.freedman I chose what I thought were the most compelling photos from Muncy's set, regardless of which signs folks were holding. If you'll notice, the post is also categorized under "Occupy" and includes a tweet from an occupier who references the OWS eviction in 2011. It's obvious that Zuccotti Park is an historic landmark for Occupy, and "friends in Zuccotti park" a reference to OWS--and all of Nick Pinto's Zuccotti/OWS coverage in this paper. Nothing was edited out, though perhaps we could have expanded on the OWS connection further. Grievance noted.

handtomouth57
handtomouth57

@sydney.brownstone @m.freedman 

Since the departure of two excellent journalists who left the Village Voice over firings, it has become apparent that the Voice has little interest in Occupy Wall St. Over 2,500 people protested in the rain on May 25, 2013 for March Against Monsanto in NYC. Where was the Villiage Voice? 

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