Turkey: Gezi Park protests: Brutal denial of the right to peaceful assembly in Turkey
On 30 May 2013, police cleared Gezi Park in central Istanbul of a small group of protestors opposed to its destruction. The denial of their right to protest and the violence used by the police touched a nerve and a wave of anti-government demonstrations swept across Turkey. The authorities’ reaction was brutal and unequivocal. Over the next few months, police repeatedly used unnecessary and abusive force to prevent and disperse peaceful demonstrations. This report documents the human rights violations that have accompanied the crushing crackdown on the Gezi Park protest movement.
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