A live video stream is now available of the chaos ensuing after Turkish police violently broke up a reportedly peaceful protest Friday in Istanbul.
The protest reportedly has involved hundreds of people camping out in Taksim Gezi Park in the Turkish capital's city center since May 28, in opposition to a development project that would convert the park into a shopping mall, CNN reported. The protesters were also expressing displeasure with the government under Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a moderate Islamist regime, which passed a law last week to restrict alcohol advertising and sales, Al Jazeera reported.
Police in gas masks and riot gear can be seen in the video stream attacking protesters in the square and on side streets nearby with tear gas canister launchers, vehicle-mounted water cannons and more, while one vehicle was seen attempting to run over protesters who were throwing rocks at its window.
A number of protesters were injured when a wall they were attempting to scale during a police chase collapsed, according to Al Jazeera, which reported that police were firing tear gas "indiscriminately."
Erdogan responded to the protesters by refusing to budge on the move to redevelop the park, saying it will move forward "no matter what they do," according to Al Jazeera, which was on the ground Friday in Istanbul.