Just received the following urgent request from a Facebook friend:
Hi Steve. Please can you share this? My friend is in amongst the chaos in Taksim Square right now. 60,000 people are in the square. The police are firing chemical gas – worse than tear gas. 4 people have died. 1000 police have resigned and joined the demonstration. Twitter has been shut down. The demonstrators want the world to know what’s happening. http://occupygezipics.tumblr.com/
She adds: “it started as an environmental protest over development, but has turned into an anti-govt protest. The government is elected but authoritarian, and trying to impose conservative religious values in a secular country.”
Search for #occupygezi on Twitter for more info including video coverage.