The Gezi protests were led by riffraff and sluts, according to president Erdoğan

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Police fire tear gas at protesters in Istanbul during the Gezi Park unrest in 2013. Photo courtesy of Arzu Geybullayeva. Turkish police clashed with protesters on May 31 who were planning to mark the nine-year anniversary of Istanbul’s famous Gezi Park protests. In 2013, scores of protesters descended on Gezi Park, situated in the heart of Istanbul’s Taksim square, for days on end, joining already a large group of environmentalists, rights activists, and other civil society representatives camping at the park and defending it from demolition. But the Gezi protests quickly turned into something…

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