Police staged an early morning raid on protesters who resist against the demolition of Gezi Park in the heart of Istanbul for a shopping mall to be built.
What started with around a 100 protesters has turned into a spectacle of tens of thousands over recent days.
People camped out in the park, sang songs, read books, danced.
But yesterday, the police used a Mass Incident Intervention Vehicle (TOMA) to disperse the demonstrators and turned the surrounding of the park a warzone.
The protesters have released this statement
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