The day the people of Turkey rose up — in pictures

by ROAR Collective on June 2, 2013

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Police forced to retreat from Istanbul’s Taksim square as protests against the authoritarian neoliberalism of Erdogan’s proto-Islamist government grow.

For more background, read a solidarity statement here. For an update on the situation on the ground in Istanbul, check our latest article here.


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Citizen 19862013 June 2, 2013 at 00:33

Rich man can imagine poor.


Citizen 19862013 June 2, 2013 at 00:35



Jean Chicoine June 2, 2013 at 00:48

Screw the police, screw the elite, screw the bankers. The world is everybody’s.


John June 2, 2013 at 03:07

Right on!!


sb's ennui June 2, 2013 at 04:42

Yeah mate, but I think it’s too late to take it back. They are too entrenched. Screw ‘em all the same though.


CoNiGMa June 2, 2013 at 08:16

It’s NEVER too late. The PEOPLE have the power. The PEOPLE give the elite their power. Without the cooperation of the people, the elite have NO power.


doctor who June 2, 2013 at 18:04

Naive and vastly over simplified. Though not entirely inaccurate…


Amélie June 3, 2013 at 00:29

The elite is a minority of poeple, if the majority stop thinking like you, that we can’t do shit, then there’s no stopping us.

Dimitris Hall June 3, 2013 at 01:21

This made me chucke. :)

Arkan June 2, 2013 at 14:56

Now, Erdogan must pay for arming FSA too!


Aydın Üzgun June 3, 2013 at 14:08

You are definetely right, but please add our Fashist Prime Minister to list of to be screweed


Jeffrey Field June 2, 2013 at 02:24

Originally written for the Occupy revolt in America, you, the citizens of Turkey, are showing the people in the U.S. how it’s done. Occupy America not only stands with you, we stand awed and inspired by your bravery and fortitude. God bless you all.
Three-Pronged Pitchfork

The street, keeping time,

feel the heat,

syncopated beat,

expect the unexpected…

Hard time,

doing time,

keeping time…

Sync up.

Video up.

The world our witness

as we salute the

bankruptcy of a bankrupt system.

For it is written -

He who cannot be killed by one

is killed by many.

The elephant is a large beast,

but he can be killed.

The lion is strong,

but he can be killed.

The tiger is strong,

and he can be killed.

Beware of the many

if you fear not one alone.

The people’s chorus…

Cold voice,

warm voice.

A deep quiet voice like distant thunder.

Another, like new pennies.

And still another,

shrill, unbending cry,

bubble of blood on her lips,

like a clenched fist.

Three-pronged pitchfork on our necks,

riot red blood tenders a ticktock beat…

Standing our ground,

never back down -

We demand redress.

We will repossess

everything you stole from us –

the air,

the water,

the food,

our rights.

Three-pronged pitchfork,

lies smashed and splintered.

Blood washed clean.

Coroner’s report -

cause of death:

Banking Suicide.

Corporate Regicide.

Government Fratricide.

Foul play suspected.


Dara June 2, 2013 at 02:55

As history continues to repeat itself, I hope we find ways of teaching our children the things that truly matter:
- The state will use fear to justify it’s existence until we challenge the lies
- Autonomous communities are just as functional and serve more good than any state supported by violence
- Always resist assimilation, colonization and fascism
- Borders are bullshit
-Resist labels and conditional privileges
- Power corrupts
- People will unite and help one another in times of calamity
- Do not depend on the Police… in fact, forget they exist and deal with it yourself
All power to the people everywhere!


Recharge June 2, 2013 at 08:55

“power corrupts” “All power to the people everywhere.”



GOKHAN ALTIN June 3, 2013 at 12:25

Thank you for this words. I agree with you. And i am teaching my child all of them. We are the world. I hope all people of world can be together same time every cities squaries for this idea.


zombie communist June 3, 2013 at 12:50

More like zombie communism- std/drug healthcare economic shortcoming causing the colleges etc. to cut back– drug and alcohol abuse is the “occupy” .


cappa x June 2, 2013 at 04:28



Glenn June 2, 2013 at 05:54

ANZAC countries know the resolve of Turkish people.. we are watching for you


mehmet June 2, 2013 at 12:20

eyvallah glenn :)


Kivanch K June 2, 2013 at 17:35

They shall not pass! Love & Revolt from Istanbul! Keep on supporting our rightful cause.


John Martin June 2, 2013 at 06:05

It seems to me, that the good people of Turkey are in Revolt of Tyrannical Leadership in their Government. As is usual, the police/army will back the Government. But as the tide of protest progresses, the Militia will have no choice but to back the people. Let them cross the road now!


deniz June 2, 2013 at 10:17

thank god the army is on our side and always has. they said that they would step in if the police violence continued drastically. the army is the army of Ataturk, our founding father that has gifted us democracy and secularism. that is way our generals are rotting in jail.


Efendi Dadas June 2, 2013 at 07:57

There is no Tyrannical Leadership in Turkey. Please do not compare Turkey’s president to Syria’a dictator Esad who has killed 100.000 people. Yes there was police brutality but “no one” killed. Not a single person! Just tear gas which is also used in other Eurepean countries used extensively by Turkish police. This is not a revolt.


riddim1903 June 2, 2013 at 09:29

Efendi Dadas,

This guy is worse than Assad… It is obvious that you are one of his ignorant, blind and pathetic minions. At least nobody killed? Are you serious, or better yet are you even human??? Freedom of speech, freedom of expression is no man’s monopoly, Turks just like every other brother or sister living any country in this world, be they Brits, Yanks, or Arabs… They too have these rights. If it weren’t for this spirit that rose and started the Turks war of Independence in 1919 you’d probably have another invading country’s passport. This man who you so inaptly try to defend has dreams of the Ottoman Empire, which in its final throes sided with the invading Colonial Nations. Ottoman’s, much like the Romans or Hittites, now reside in the pages of History. March on forward, be progressive…Not regressive! Get a life!


Alp Aksoy June 2, 2013 at 09:30

No one killed? liar! 3 person died coz of directly shooted by tear gas weapon by head and chewed with panzer. and over 1000 injured physically + more than 10.000 effected by chemical weapons of police!


Dilara Polat June 2, 2013 at 09:38

Are you so blind that you cannot see what is in front of you?

Tayyip has been rampaging over everything that used to be what set Turkey apart from the Arabic nations and dictated governments. The country that our brothers, fathers and grandparents fought for is being turned into an authoritarian islamic government. Our rights are being taken away.

For decades if not centuries, the different nationalities along with religious groups like the Armaneians, the Turks, the Kurds, the sunnis and the Alevies as well as the Christians have been purposely set against each other. It was to control the people better. But now look at us. All around the world as a Kurdish Alevi myself, we are in support of what a simple protest turned into an uproar because the government you chose does not care about the citizens well being and right and only caring about their specific views and benefits.

Tayyip is no different then aay dictator. He might not be the cause of a lot of physical deaths which there has been, but he has been killing his people all along. Democratically and emotionally. How are the people “living” if they are made to be string puppets?


thbodly June 3, 2013 at 03:49

I agree with you sister.


dudeOfIzmir June 2, 2013 at 09:42

Don’t lie that there is no death people… I have seen blood on people, I have seen 100%vulgarity to my people… Which side of Turkey are you from? Inside of Turkish National Assembly? In the office of Erdogan??? DO NOT miss lead the people who can just watch and follow this reaction from tvs and internet… There are death people… There are lots of injured people….


Alex June 2, 2013 at 10:09

Actually, there are confirmed reports of many people having been killed by the corrupt and brutal Turkish police during these riots.


deniz June 2, 2013 at 10:18

efendi, just becuase no one got killed doenst mean that the governments “i decided so be it” attitude is any less tyranny!


Mert Oktay June 2, 2013 at 10:38

Dear Efendi Dadas,
Fuck You!

Erdogan is a tyrant as he can be. It means, he’s a prime minister but he act like the one ring, like “one man rules them all”


Yoni June 2, 2013 at 10:50

So dadas you say that we can not compare them because the casualties are not same, and I say, “screw you mate” keep on backing erdogan and his fundemental and brutal behaviours. this is not only because of the gezi park but also for the all country. prohibitions, bidding and unfair advantages. open your eyes, open your hear and listen to others.

and I am quite sure that you have no idea about what happened in taxim and along besiktas.

we are the citizens of this country, because we did not vote for erdogan does not make us/him enemies.

and with all my heart, fuck you dadas. because you also know very well that these free syria army is fed and trained by your erdogan. fuck your shariah as well mate.



Indeed June 2, 2013 at 10:53

At least 2 people died, you need to check your statement.


Caner Arıkboğa June 2, 2013 at 11:19

There are 5 people got killed in the protest because of the excessive police force! There are also news about the ones who lost their eyes, arms, got their legs broken and many other hundreds of wounded people. This is not a fight about a park but for democracy! Therefore the mainstream media and tv channels are not showing the reality. Please try to reach the news from the Twitter, Facebook and from real people.


Ipek June 2, 2013 at 11:25

uhmm i dont know where you are getting your news from but there are many injured and there are over 50 casualties. People got run over by their “water spraying tanks” !!! IT is a revolt. and its not just istanbul .. this is going on in izmit, izmir, edirne, luleburgaz, rize, trabzon, ankara , diyarbakir. In Ankara just last night some one got shot in the head by real bullets!
so forgive me if i’ll compare this sultan wanna be to any other dictator because thats what he is.


KOPITA June 2, 2013 at 11:57



No-Dictatorship June 2, 2013 at 12:16

Liar,you can not see and tell the truths.The poliçe is hitting badly ,and almost killing their own people.I dont exactly know if there is a one killed because you know the press are afraid from government and even can not make any new about it,but did you see the man shot from head in Ankara? did you see the girl from Egypt shot from head by gas bomb? Also the prime minister supporters are started to attacking to the people on the back of poliçe,and the police let them attack on the people! Thats what is happening in Turkey right now.No one can tell the opposite of it!


Emre Fatih June 2, 2013 at 13:24

I have witnessed it, my friends and family witnessed it, tens of photos prove it! Not just simple tear gas has been used but “Agent Orange” is in use aswell. As you probably know THAT is strictly forbidden by human rights organizations and U.N.. A guy has been shot in the head by a police with a REAL bullet – luckily survived – and you can find tons of photos and videos showing how the whole clashes began with the police dawn raiding a couple hundred peaceful protesters in Gezi Park, tear gassing them for not wanting trees cut and burning the tents and everything inside when they run away. The people have risen against this Bulls**t It’s not about trees anymore, that’s for sure, its for humanity and freedom, its for everything every human from every ethnic background and ideology should stand for. The world, other than us, has seen how the police treat their own brothers here and it IS a revolt, with more than 30 cities having clashes between the goverment and the people. Enough is enough open your eyes my friend.


Agent Purple June 2, 2013 at 21:06

You have ZERO proof it was agent orange rather than just tear gas. Please facts only and no speculation.


thbodly June 3, 2013 at 04:02
Ozan Berkmen June 2, 2013 at 13:28

There is an extreme authoritarian leadership in Turkey and it can be compared to any other authoritarian regimes including Syria in many ways. By the way police have killed two demonstrators according to the Amnesty International. It is just amazing to feel the support of people around the world! Cheers friends!


Anna June 2, 2013 at 14:45

Free the Turkish people! Down with the Turkish Islamist Dictatorship! Arrest the police responsible for murdering the brave protesters!


Ahmet Cenk Cangir June 2, 2013 at 15:00

Do not try to fool people; already 2 person died and hunderets of others injured because of extremism of the riot police. They are shooting teargas bullets directly to people to kill them. Simply: they are harping on organized crime, only they are in uniforms.


Hakiki Dadas June 2, 2013 at 15:18

That´s what you think Efendi Dadas!
More likely you are an agent of the totalitarian government. Just watch the photos properly and see whether there is a revolt or not…


#occupygezi June 2, 2013 at 15:47

There are about 10 deaths. Yesterday in Beşiktaş cops beat a girl who is alone at resistance. They are shooting tear gas with rifle and they’re aiming to peoples head and bodies.


RealityCheck June 2, 2013 at 16:31

It is pure chance that there are no deaths so far (critically wounded people may yet die).

This is Ankara, pistol shot to the head.

There are dozens, maybe hundreds with serious wounds, primarily by tear gas canister to the head, as the police purposefully aim for people’s heads.
Scene illustrating such super-malicious use of tear gas launchers:

Another cause for deadly neck and head trauma is water cannon use at close range:

Extreme tear gas use as choking hazard:

Let’s not be tools.


dave June 2, 2013 at 17:15

Is that a joke?


Sam June 4, 2013 at 18:25

Efendi…. you are a truly sad brainwashed person. The WHOLE WORLD sees the Islamization of Turkey and feels the oppression that is quietly, until now brainwashing Turkeys youth….ENOUGH lies! This evil Prime Minister must go! Or else the Turkish people end up lost and alone in another unthinking chasm of poverty and sickness just like Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, you need to wake up!


This June 2, 2013 at 08:30



Henry Olsen June 2, 2013 at 09:41

Love the photos but hate the violence.

Hopefully the Turkish people and their government find a way to resolve their troubles.


parsa - iran June 2, 2013 at 09:42

ordooghan go die . you are not an usmani king .


riddim1903 June 5, 2013 at 05:58

Yahshi my Iranian brother!

We are all one, because we are all free people unlike the AKP youth who are direct beneficiaries of Erdogan’s crony capitalism… Turkey has not benefitted from any economic developments, is that why so many can’t pay their rent each month’s end? A lot of cliches are used by the so called mainstream media in the U.S. also suggesting that Turkey has experienced an unprecdented growth during Shah Erdogan’s era. Only a handful have, that’s why real economists don’t call this a boon, it is simply and plainly called crony capitalism, and this idiot Dadas Efendi is a man who sold his rear end to his beloved government, I’m sure they threw him a few bones, too.!


Anil June 2, 2013 at 09:49

What U see in media is only a fraction of whats happening here. People died. Is there else to say?


Occupytaksim June 2, 2013 at 10:19

It is a revolt and the governement will resign at the end as it happens in democracies, noone need these lies as every use of extensive force and faschism can be seen from the pictures! thanks god there is social media so that everyone can see the reality


Beril June 2, 2013 at 10:22

So proud to be Turkish in the true sense of the word…as reflected in the heroic fight against denied basic rights and against the rising dictatorship of Erdogan. The police of used everything from tear gas to Agent Orange and rather than quell the protests this brutality has only inspired more citizens across the country to stand tall and speak out for the soul of Turkey, the Republic that stands on the secular principles of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Today more than ever before I say Ne Mutlu Turkum Diyene.


turk June 3, 2013 at 05:00

I am with you sister! ne mutlu Turkum diyene!


Deniz June 2, 2013 at 10:28

As a Turkish Citizen who is living in Los Angeles, It has been extremly hard to watch to brutality used against inicoent protesters in my home town. Even though I feel sad to see all the injured people, I have never been more proud with my fellow citizens. Thank you very much for all the people showing their support to their Turkish Friends all around to world.


ruth cohen June 2, 2013 at 11:34

shalom from jerusalem
looking at the pictures we see the same thing all over the world. the pol ice,army who have the power to do what they want, the corrupt governments giving them the power.
and the people of the world basically helpless to stand against them.but still do.


Fikret Böcek June 2, 2013 at 17:22

Shalom from Izmir,
We will continue to resist!


Ochoa0592 June 2, 2013 at 12:17

Respect from Spain.

Turkey is an example for the rest of the world right now.


João Camacho June 2, 2013 at 12:18

Dear turks you are the best. I think for the first time european understood why you shoud be part of ECC. Not with those soft false talks of Erdogan. Our solidarity from Portugal!


Derya Dolay June 2, 2013 at 12:18

Yes, this is not a revolt, this is a REVOLUTION! People can’t stand any more the tyrannical government which tries to transform Turkey into a second Iran. We don’t want to be Iran. We want to presevre the secular heritage of Ataturk.


Peace Watch June 2, 2013 at 12:26

Efendi Dadas works for the government so please disregard what he is saying .. cause you have to be blind to ignore hundreds of thousands of people shouting that there is indeed a tyrannical leadership in Turkey.


TURKISH POWER June 2, 2013 at 12:51

Before this event every couıntry’s presidents talk about Turkey but now..

Everybody did the thing we want before.But they’re all shut the f*ck u now.



shadowspring June 2, 2013 at 13:34

Even a quick look at the facts shows that efendi dadas is a government apologist. No, the people of Turkey are in revolt, against the government sell-out to corporate greed over the good of the people. It’s so plainly obvious: the park serves the people, the people want the park, the government could care less for the people and what they want or need. So the people are protesting, and the government is responding with overwhelming out-or-proportion violence, when they should have responded by merely canceling plans to demolish the park. It’s so obvious.


Anonymous June 2, 2013 at 14:31

@Efendi Dadas: No one killed? No one killed??!!

There are several people who died from water cannons and gas bullets flying into their heads!


david ozkan June 2, 2013 at 14:45

The tyrannical government of Turkey has miscalculated badly and it will pay 1 way or another.If the people can succeed in toppling the government then the whole plan to control and manipulate the middle-east will come undone.Expect the violence to be ramped up.The US does not like anyone getting in the way of their plans so their puppets will do anything to appease their masters.Nevertheless, now that the people have hit the street they will not back down.


john b June 2, 2013 at 15:38

man is the only species which pays to live on this planet


tamilgerillasi June 2, 2013 at 15:45

please do not take into consideration to the things said by efendi dadas. you can see the details from the amnesty international page. “at least 2 people” died in the protests. unfortunately national main stream media ignores all events. we only communicate some local media channels, twitter and fb. security officials said at least 49 cities in 81 there are protests.
this is not a revolt of course, this is calling for peace and respect. these are the protest for the people who want to be cared and listend by the officially elected governement. just a couple days ago pm celarly said he can decide everything without any question because he is a PM.
usage of tons of out of date chemmical gas, the detention of the social media over the internet access, set afire the protestors shelters, unproportional force over the protestors and non protestors. he is not esad of course but he is on the way to catch him on brutality.


Fred June 2, 2013 at 15:50

It’s going to be very interesting to see what the people in the US do when
the police attack them this way. There are about 300 million privately
owned guns in the US with only about 80 million of them registered.
Thats about 200 million guns that the government can’t track. When the
police start shooting at a crowd like this in the US, that crowd is most likely
going to shoot back. And the police are outnumbered per capita about
750 to 1 in the US. There are also a large number of law enforcement
personnel, mostly sheriffs who have publically stated that they will not
stand with the government when the SHTF. Gonna get interesting…


Falesteeni June 2, 2013 at 16:15

Revolt This NEEDED NOW IN America, RISE UP and BURN America COAST to COAST and while you at HANG THE PRESIDENT, CONGRESS and SENATE AND ALL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS they’re planing against you PEOPLE RISE UP with your GUNS in HAND…my Palestinian advice….


African June 2, 2013 at 16:28

@Efendi Dadas. There are at least 2 killed. However, that is not the point. Erdogan is behaving like a dictator by acting highhandedly against the peaceful protesters in Istanbul. As far as Syria is concerned, it is a geopolitical war. The none democratic countries of Saudi and Qatar in cooperation with Sultan Erdogan arming foreign terrorists and killing civilians. You want to blame the death on Assad?


dave June 2, 2013 at 17:20

Hats off to Roarmag! Having this many state intelligence agents dis-commenting in this space is a sure sign that you have them nervous. Well done.


Jerome Roos June 2, 2013 at 17:23

Haha nice one Dave!


Kivanch K June 2, 2013 at 17:37

Real heroes of this revolt is women. Turkish women are so tough. They are the ones in the front raws.


Ari June 2, 2013 at 18:30

Please do not stop the coverage, more violent clashes are taking place right now in Ankara, Izmir, and other major cities.


I have The Right... June 2, 2013 at 19:29

Look at that women lying on grass, she is confirmed dead. The guy rammed by panzer is dead, 1 young guy shot in the head in Ankara. The police is aiming those tear gas launchers directly to bodies and heads of protesters. Currently in IZMIR and Ankara, there is civil war. But only police is attacking.


Marina June 2, 2013 at 20:13

Non passeranno.


George June 2, 2013 at 20:21

Great photo journalism work!! Thanks from a Colorado citizen-


tea June 2, 2013 at 21:25

It is true power is might .In pakistan every month many young baluch are abduted and their dead bodies are dumped on road side and barren by pakistan army and no one an even protest in fear .


Arsalan-Pakistan June 2, 2013 at 22:40

socialist revolution


maya June 2, 2013 at 23:00

Solidarity to Turkish people in Taksim taking a stand for their rights. Our rights.
“Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense regardless of how it turns out.”
VACLAV HAVEL, Disturbing the Peace with


Jimi June 2, 2013 at 23:54

Our cordial solidarity, thoughts and respect from Yunanistan/Greece, kardeşleri…

Keep up the struggle Turkish brothers and sisters, don’t go to work tomorrow, blockade, occupy, communize!


Uprising June 3, 2013 at 00:31

Power to the people! We are the power, the elite fear this…


Şenol June 3, 2013 at 03:27

Police shooting gas bombs into the houses in Istanbul



turk June 3, 2013 at 04:59

As long as they keep calm and do not arm, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, I am proud of every single person in these pictures, seen and unseen . Tayyip needs to pick up his filth and leave! NOW! How many demonstrators world has seen to go back to the fields at resistance and clean up after the police at 3 a. m …


Tom June 3, 2013 at 08:26



DutchRebel June 3, 2013 at 11:17

I hope I translated this right.
Özgürlük ve demokrasi için Türk savaşçıları Saygı
Respect Turkish fighters for freedom and democracy


riddim1903 June 5, 2013 at 06:06

Thanks DutchRebel. That works. It’ sthe thought that counts. Go ORANJE!


DutchRebel June 3, 2013 at 11:25

This is a piece of film showing police driving through baricades whilest knowing there are people behind the baricade.


Fatir Siddiqi June 3, 2013 at 11:47
joel dirks June 3, 2013 at 13:28

Don’t Give up !!

Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.

Winston Churchill


Şenol June 3, 2013 at 16:27

I have a Proof:

Police Attacks peaceful protestors in Taxim Square.

More than 15 polices beat a protestor.

Another protestor in Izmir:

Besiktas, Istanbul:

Citizens are going to Taksim and Besiktas from Kadikoy to support against Police Abuse:

After conquering the Taxim square, people are cleaning up the square:

Kareto Cops in Bodrum, Mugla:

It is not about a Park, it is abour Democracy:


chris June 5, 2013 at 00:23

Μπραβο σε όσους έχουν δύναμη ψυχής, από τη γείτονα και πολύπαθη Ελλάδα.


ananza June 5, 2013 at 21:13

“victory in elections” , “victory through democracy”..riots are revolting the choice of public which is %49 of votes…They are losing their control in country and now they cry… this is the main story in İstanbul actually.. and please my foerıgn brothers dont worry everythıng is okay in Turkey .)


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