EXCESSIVE FORCE AGAINST PROTESTORS MUST END
Since 29 May, over 2,000 people have been injured across Turkey after police used water cannon and teargas against demonstrators. Protests began in Gezi Park in Taksim, in the centre of Turkey's largest city, Istanbul, on 27 May. A few hundred protestors occupied the park to demonstrate against its destruction to make way for the building of a shopping centre. In the early hours of 29 May, police started to disperse them, using tear gas and excessive force. During the night of Thursday 30 May, up to 3,000 protestors joined the protest. They were removed from the park in the early hours of the morning by police using tear gas and water cannon. Scores of people were injured during the police crackdown. Since Friday 31 May, protests spread across the country, and by Sunday 2 June, there were hundreds of protests in 67 provinces. According to the Turkish Medical Association, at least 1,500 people were injured in Istanbul; over 400 people were injured in Ankara, Turkey's capital and another 420 in Izmir, in western Turkey. The Turkish Medical Association stated that the majority of the injuries were caused by the use of water cannon and tear gas. Amnesty International condemns the widespread use of tear gas and water cannon to disperse peaceful protestors. Video evidence has documented police deliberately firing tear gas canisters at protestors. Members of the public who have not been protesting have been affected by the excessive use of tear gas, which has been used in confined spaces such as the metro station in Taksim and allegedly in buildings where protestors were sheltering. Innocent, passive activists threatened, beaten up and even killed by Turkish Police – aiming water cannons and tear gas bombs directly at their heads and bodies – on top of the violent beatings. The authorities claim to have detained close to 1000 people. Dozens of amateur videos taken at the scene of demonstrations show law enforcement officials hitting, kicking and beating protestors with truncheons, including when they had been incapacitated by the effects of tear gas. the Turkish Prime Minister on television, talking about killing his own people and hanging them from the trees that they are trying to protect. Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s comment is against to human right!