Only hours after a de-escalation of tensions seemed to be in the making, Turkish police initiated a massive raid on Gezi Park. Reports indicate prolific use of tear gas and water cannon against peaceful protestors. Clearly, the situtation has taken a dramatic turn for the worse. There are also reports of violence.
Amnesty staff and voluteers in Turkey are working hard – and sometimes at considerable personal risk – to document events in Turkey and will continue to provide the best possible information.
Meanwhile, the international campaign will continue.