Turkey + Cyprus: Turkey Gezi Uprising: turkeyuprising01

ISTANBUL, TURKEY.  The crowd in Taksim Square reacts to a pyrotechnics show of fireworks and torches in during ongoing protests against the Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his policies a week after demonstrators forced police to withdraw from the square have lead to a carnival-like sit-in on June 8, 2013. A week of protests led to police being barricaded out of and withdrawing from Istanbul's Taksim Square as it transforms increasingly into a free zone; the crisis, which began over construction of a park and plans to reconstruct Ottoman barracks and a shopping mall, has evolved into Turkey's biggest political crisis in decades as Turks express frustration with the current AK Party, Justice and Development Party and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

ISTANBUL, TURKEY. The crowd in Taksim Square reacts to a pyrotechnics show of fireworks and torches in during ongoing protests against the Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his policies a week after demonstrators forced police to withdraw from the square have lead to a carnival-like sit-in on June 8, 2013. A week of protests led to police being barricaded out of and withdrawing from Istanbul's Taksim Square as it transforms increasingly into a free zone; the crisis, which began over construction of a park and plans to reconstruct Ottoman barracks and a shopping mall, has evolved into Turkey's biggest political crisis in decades as Turks express frustration with the current AK Party, Justice and Development Party and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.