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Gazi Mahallesi, is an area approx 16km (10 miles) from Taksim Square and Gezi Park. It is a neighbourhood comprised of a predominantly lower clas… Read More
Gazi Mahallesi, is an area approx 16km (10 miles) from Taksim Square and Gezi Park. It is a neighbourhood comprised of a predominantly lower class Alevi and Kurdish population. For nearly a week the neighbourhood's youth have been engaged in running street battles with Police, who they believe to be oppressing their right to peaceful protest by force of water cannons, rubber bullets and strong tear gas (reportedly Orange gas, outlawed by the UN because of the serious health risks it poses for those who come in contact with it.) tensions and violence were amplified after a young protester was critically injured after a tear gas canister hit his head. Gazi Mahallesi has a deep history of violence and ethnic / social tension since the 1995 Gazi riots in which 23 people were killed and over 400 injured. Read Less
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