Among the controversial urban renewal projects being pushed by the AKP is the "second Bosphorus" canal, shown on the left in this map.
Poster announcing a protest against the Taksim Square renovation project on November 4, 2012. Seven months later, a related protest became international news.
Artist's rendition of the rather imposing mosque, named the Taksim Republican Mosque, planned for Taksim Square. In the foreground is the monument to the Republic/Atatürk.
Map of Taksim Square proposed renovation project. The blue square is the Ottoman barracks. The purple shape represents the location of a proposed mosque. See http://urbanlifesigns.blogspot.com/2013/06/you-may-have-heard-in-news-over-past.html
A member of the Anticapitalist Muslims protesting in Taksim. June 8, 2013. Their website: http://www.antikapitalistmuslumanlar.org/
The controversy over Taksim includes the rebuilding of the Ottoman barracks in Gezi Park as well as a plan for a mosque. The photo shows the latest model of a mosque designed for Taksim Square. In the background in white, near the architects hands, is the monument to the Republic. June 23, 2013 NY Times.
Red carnations left on the steps of Gezi Park, now occupied by police instead of protestors. The "Carnation Protest" was met by riot police. June 22, 2013.
Poster: Doctors under arrest for attending to the injured.
Photo by Onur Korkmaz. Silhouette of protestors atop the AKM (Atatürk Cultural Center), which is also slated to be replaced by another building as part of the Taksim Square project.
Police fire canisters at head-height. This causes the most injury.
Crowd-funded NY Times ad by protestors appeared in the June 8, 2013 issue.
Heroes of the protest: Woman-in-Black, Red Hack, Standing Man, Woman-in-Red, Antacid Man, Çarşı Group, and Naked Man. The writing in the background reads "invincible."
Perfect irony with the sign for Pamuk's "Museum of Innocence" in the background.
"Don't stop, standing man, we're beside you."
Tear gas rising from the streets of Harbiye, Istanbul. June 15, 2013.
Excessive use of police force against unarmed protestors. Sunday, June 16, 2013. Image becomes cover of NY Times on the next day.
Protestors taking refuge in the Divan Hotel. Police stormed the hotel and fired tear gas into the lobby. June 15, 2013.
Riot police ready to enter Taksim. Here, the helmet numbers are visible; later, police began to conceal these numbers with tape so as not to be identified.
The Ottoman military barracks that were demolished in 1940 and are scheduled to be rebuilt in Taksim Square. A religious revolt against the 1908 Young Turk revolution was supported by regiments housed here.
The eye of the storm on June 11, 2013.
The peace sign married with the Arabic "la" (evoking both the words of witness and a resistant "no"). Image from Anticapitalist Muslims.