From 28 May 2013, protests have been held in Turkey. The initial Istanbul protests were led by about 50 environmentalists against replacing Taksim Gezi Park with a reconstruction of the historic Taksim Military Barracks (demolished in 1940), with the possibility of housing a shopping mall. The protests developed into riots when a group occupying the park was attacked by police. The subjects of the protests have since broadened beyond the development of Taksim Gezi Park, developing into wider anti-government demonstrations. The protests have also spread to other cities in Turkey, and protests have been seen in other countries with significant Turkish communities

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

A Turkish riot policeman uses tear gas as a demonstrator holds a banner during a protest against the destruction of trees in a park brought about by a pedestrian project, in Taksim Square in central Istanbul. MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

A Turkish riot policeman uses tear gas as a demonstrator holds a banner during a protest against the destruction of trees in a park brought about by a pedestrian project, in Taksim Square in central Istanbul. MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Turkish riot police use water cannon to disperse demonstrators during a protest against the destruction of trees in a park brought about by a pedestrian project, in Taksim Square in central Istanbul. MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Turkish riot police use water cannon to disperse demonstrators during a protest against the destruction of trees in a park brought about by a pedestrian project, in Taksim Square in central. OSMAN ORSAL/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

A demonstrator is hit by water cannon used by riot police to disperse the crowd during a protest against the destruction of trees in a park brought about by a pedestrian project, in Taksim Square in central Istanbul. OSMAN ORSAL/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

A demonstrator covers face as riot police use tear gas to disperse crowd during protest against destruction of trees in park brought about by a pedestrian project, in Taksim Square. MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Turkish riot police use tear gas to disperse demonstrators during protest against destruction of trees in park brought about by a pedestrian project, in Taksim Square in central Istanbul. OSMAN ORSAL/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Riot police use a water cannon to disperse demonstrators during a protest against Turkey's PM Erdogan and his ruling AKP in central Ankara. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Riot police use tear gas to disperse the crowd during an anti-government protests at Taksim Square in central Istanbul. MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Riot police use water cannons to disperse the crowd during an anti-government protests at Taksim Square in central Istanbul. MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Riot police use tear gas to disperse the crowd during an anti-government protests at Taksim Square in central Istanbul. MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Riot police use tear gas to disperse the crowd during an anti-government protests at Taksim Square in central Istanbul. MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Anti-government protesters clash with riot police in central Istanbul. MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

A demonstrator throws back a tear gas canister to riot police during an anti-government protest in central Istanbul. MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Riot police use tear gas to disperse the crowd during an anti-government protests at Taksim Square in central Istanbul. MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

A demonstrator throws a tear gas canister back at riot police during an anti-government protest in central Istanbul. MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Demonstrators set fire to barricades as they clash with riot police during an anti-government protest at Taksim Square in central Istanbul. MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Riot police use tear gas to disperse the crowd during an anti-government protest at Taksim Square in central Istanbul. MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Injured demonstrator is carried by his friends as they clash with riot police during an anti-government protest at Taksim Square in central. MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Riot police use tear gas to disperse the crowd during an anti-government protest at Taksim Square in central Istanbul. MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Riot police use tear gas to disperse the crowd during an anti-government protests at Taksim Square in central Istanbul. OSMAN ORSAL/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Riot police use a water cannon to disperse the crowd during an anti-government protest in Istanbul. MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Riot police use tear gas to disperse the crowd during an anti-government protest in Istanbul. OSMAN ORSAL/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

An anti-government protester sits in front of rubbish set on fire by protesters as they clash with riot police in central Ankara. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

An anti-government protester throws stones as they clash with riot police in central Ankara. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

A woman runs away as anti-government protesters clash with riot police in central Ankara. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

A protester with a Guy Fawkes mask clashes with riot police during an anti-government protest in central Istanbul. MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

A protester prepares to throw a stone at riot police during an anti-government protest in central Istanbul. MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Riot police use tear gas to disperse the crowd during an anti-government protest at Taksim Square in central Istanbul. OSMAN ORSAL/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Riot police use tear gas to disperse the crowd during an anti-government protest at Taksim Square in central Istanbul. OSMAN ORSAL/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Riot police use a water canon to restrain a protester during an anti-government protest at Taksim Square in central Istanbul. OSMAN ORSAL/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Riot police are seen from inside a damaged state bank during an anti-government protest in Istanbul. MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Riot police shield themselves from stones thrown by protesters during an anti-government protest in central Istanbul. MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Riot police use tear gas to disperse the crowd during an anti-government protest at Taksim Square in central Istanbul. MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Protesters prepare to roll a police car over during an anti-government protest at Taksim Square. MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Riot police behind shields fire tear gas during clashes with demonstrators protesting against Turkey's PM Erdogan and his ruling AKP in central Ankara. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Protesters run away during clashes with riot police during a demonstration against Turkey's PM Erdogan and his ruling AKP in central Ankara. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Man is hit by a jet of water as riot police use a water cannon to disperse demonstrators during a protest against Turkey's PM Erdogan and his ruling AKP in central Ankara. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Demonstrators clash with police during a protest against Turkey's PM Erdogan and his ruling AKP in central Ankara. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Riot police help a woman affected from tear gas fired during clashes with demonstrators during a protest in central Ankara. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest against Turkey's PM Erdogan and his ruling AKP in central Ankara. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Injured riot police officer is carried to an ambulance during clashes with demonstrators during a protest against Turkey's PM Erdogan and his ruling AKP in central Ankara. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest against Turkey's PM Erdogan and his ruling AKP in central Ankara. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Injured demonstrator is carried to an ambulance during clashes with riot police during a protest against Turkey's PM Erdogan and his ruling AKP in central Ankara. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Protester holds a stone and a lemon during a protest against Turkey's PM Erdogan and his ruling AKP in central Ankara. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest against Turkey's PM Erdogan and his ruling AKP in central Ankara. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Protesters wearing goggles pose during a protest against Turkey's PM Erdogan and his ruling AKP in central Ankara. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Demonstrators throw stones as they clash with riot police in front of Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's Istanbul office. MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Demonstrators throw stones as they clash with riot police in front of Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's Istanbul office. MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Demonstrator is detained by riot police during a protest against Turkey's PM Erdogan and his ruling AKP in central Ankara. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Riot police behind shields fire tear gas during clashes with demonstrators protesting against Turkey's PM Erdogan and his ruling AKP in central Ankara. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Riot police use a water cannon to disperse anti-government protesters in front of Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's Istanbul office. MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Riot police behind shields fire tear gas during clashes with demonstrators protesting against Turkey's PM Erdogan and his ruling AKP in central Ankara. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest against Turkey's PM Erdogan and his ruling AKP in central Ankara. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest against Turkey's PM Erdogan and his ruling AKP in central Ankara. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Riot police use water cannons to disperse anti-government protesters in front of Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan's Istanbul office. MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Riot police use water cannons to disperse anti-government protesters in front of Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's Istanbul office. MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Supporters of Turkey's Communist Party shout slogans during an anti-government protest at Taksim square in central Istanbul. MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Demonstrators set up barricades as they clash with riot police during an anti-government protest at Taksim square in central Istanbul. MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Riot police behind shields fire tear gas as they clash with anti-government protesters at Taksim square in central Istanbul. MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Riot police use a water cannon to disperse demonstrators holding the portrait of Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey, during a protest in central Ankara. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

A demonstrator sits on the ground after he was detained by riot police during an anti-government protest in Izmir. STRINGER/TURKEY/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

A chair is seen on a road leading to Taksim Square where police and anti-government protesters clashed in central Istanbul. MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

A demonstrator stands in front of a damaged bus in Taksim where police and anti-government protesters clashed in central Istanbul. MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

A damaged bus is seen in Taksim where police and anti-government protesters clashed in central Istanbul. MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

A damaged bus is seen in Taksim Square where police and anti-government protesters clashed in central Istanbul. MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

A woman walks past damaged police cars in Taksim Square where police and anti-government protesters clashed in central Istanbul. MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Damaged buses are seen in Taksim where police and anti-government protesters clashed in central Istanbul. MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Demonstrators rest in Taksim Square where police and anti-government protesters clashed in central Istanbul. MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

A man walks past a damaged road in Taksim Square where police and anti-government protesters clashed in central Istanbul. MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Protesters gather on a main street during clashes between police and anti-government protesters in Ankara. STRINGER/TURKEY/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Demonstrators shout slogans during an anti-government protest at Taksim Square in central Istanbul. MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

A demonstrator waves a Turkish flag with a portrait of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk during an anti-government protest at Taksim Square. MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Demonstrators take cover as Turkish riot police use tear gas to disperse them during a protest against Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling AK Party in central Ankara. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

A demonstrator runs as he throws a tear gas canister back at riot police during a protest against Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling AK Party in central Ankara. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Demonstrators carry an injured man during a protest against Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling AK Party in central Ankara. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Demonstrators take cover as Turkish riot police use tear gas to disperse them during a protest against Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling AK Party in central Ankara. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

A demonstrator waves Turkey's national flag as he sits on a monument during a protest against Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling AK Party in central Ankara. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Demonstrators carry an injured woman during a protest against Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling AK Party in central Ankara. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Demonstrators take cover as Turkish riot police use tear gas to disperse them during a protest against Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling AK Party in central Ankara. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

A demonstrator carries a pack of milk as he runs to take cover during a protest against Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling AK Party in central Ankara. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

A demonstrator wears a gas mask made out of a plastic water bottle during a protest against Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling AK Party in central Ankara. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Demonstrators take cover as Turkish riot police use tear gas to disperse them during a protest against Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling AK Party in central Ankara. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Demonstrators take cover under a board which reads ''resurrection'' on it as Turkish riot police use tear gas to disperse them during a protest against Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling AK Party in central Ankara. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Protesters attack an armoured police vehicle during a protest against Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling AK Party in central Istanbul. MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Riot police fire tear gas during a protest against Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling AK Party in central Ankara. STRINGER/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Protesters demonstrate in front of the office of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan during a protest against him in central Istanbul. MURAD SEZER/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Demonstrators clash with Turkish riot police during a protest against Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling AK Party in central Ankara. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Turkish riot police protect themselves with their shields during clashes with protesters as they protest against Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling AK Party in central Ankara. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Demonstrators run away as Turkish riot police use tear gas to disperse them during a protest against Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling AK Party in central Ankara. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

Turkish Taksim Protests Keep Growing

Demonstrators stand in front of a make shift shield during clashes with Turkish riot police in central Ankara. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS