Turkey is in turmoil at the moment...
The square is the epicentre of anti-government protests that have swept Turkey since Friday May 31.
They were sparked by a police crackdown on a peaceful sit-in to
prevent Taksim’s Gezi Park being redeveloped as part of plans to revamp
The mass demonstrations have drawn in people from across the
political spectrum, some calling for the overthrow of Prime Minister
Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
One protester said: “This isn’t Taksim Square anymore. This is
Tahrir Square, Red Square, it’s the square of revolution! We’ll be here
until Erdogan leaves the country!”
Protesters threw rocks as they marched to the prime minister’s office.
Erdogan blamed the main opposition, the Republican People’s Party (CHP), for provoking the protests.
The CHP denied orchestrating the unrest, saying Erdogan’s policies were to blame.