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Taksim Square, Turkey: the best slogans, graffiti and hats from the anti-Government protest

by | 5th, June 2013

TURKEY is rocking. People are challenging the ruling Islamist-leaning Justice and Development Party (AKP). The authorities wanted to build on the green Gezi Park in Taksim Square, Istanbul. Plans featured a shopping mall and a mosque. A few protestors moved to occupy the site. Police hit them with tear gas, pepper spray and water cannon. The police overreaction was met with fury.

Days earlier the Government had banned the late-night sale of booze. Many fear Turkey tuning into a harder-line Islamic state. Taksim Square would be the place to take a stand against authority.

In the ensuing violence, two people are dead. Hundreds have been arrested. Thousands have been hurt..

But the protests have not been without humour. We’ve got pictures of some of the best and worst graffiti and slogans. And a few interesting hats.

Don’t just protest. Laugh at the bastards.

If there is no park, i will shit on the shopping mall

If there is no park, i will shit on the shopping mall

"Would you like 3 kids like us?"  (Aimed at Tayyip Erdogan who asked Turkish people to have at least three children).jpg

“Would you like 3 kids like us?” (Aimed at Tayyip Erdogan who asked Turkish people to have at least three children).jpg

 

Jop means billy club in Turkish

Jop means billy club in Turkish

Police, sell pastries, live honourably

Police, sell pastries, live honourably

 

Pepper spray makes the skin beautiful

Pepper spray makes the skin beautiful

In this Thursday, May 30, 2013 photo, a man seen wearing a make-shift gas-mask hours before riot police use tear gas and pressurized water to quash a peaceful demonstration by hundreds of people staging a sit-in protest to try and prevent the demolition of trees at an Istanbul park, Turkey. Police moved in at dawn Friday to disperse the crowd on the fourth day of the protest against a contentious government plan to revamp Istanbul’s main square, Taksim, injuring a number of protesters. The protesters are demanding that the square’s park, Gezi, is protected. (AP Photo)

In this Thursday, May 30, 2013 photo, a man seen wearing a make-shift gas-mask hours before riot police use tear gas and pressurized water to quash a peaceful demonstration by hundreds of people staging a sit-in protest to try and prevent the demolition of trees at an Istanbul park, Turkey. Police moved in at dawn Friday to disperse the crowd on the fourth day of the protest against a contentious government plan to revamp Istanbul’s main square, Taksim, injuring a number of protesters. The protesters are demanding that the square’s park, Gezi, is protected. (AP Photo)

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A Turkish protester reacts next to a placard that reads " justice died in 1938" in reference to year modern Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk died, in Istanbul, Turkey, Saturday, June 1, 2013. Turkish police retreated from a main Istanbul square Saturday, removing barricades and allowing in thousands of protesters in a move to calm tensions after furious anti-government protests turned the city center into a battlefield. A second day of national protests over a violent police raid of an anti-development sit-in in Taksim square has revealed the depths of anger against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who many Turks view as increasingly authoritarian and dismissive of opposing views.(AP Photo)

A Turkish protester reacts next to a placard that reads ” justice died in 1938″ in reference to year modern Turkey’s founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk died, in Istanbul, Turkey, Saturday, June 1, 2013. Turkish police retreated from a main Istanbul square Saturday, removing barricades and allowing in thousands of protesters in a move to calm tensions after furious anti-government protests turned the city center into a battlefield. A second day of national protests over a violent police raid of an anti-development sit-in in Taksim square has revealed the depths of anger against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who many Turks view as increasingly authoritarian and dismissive of opposing views.(AP Photo)

A Turkish protester shouts slogans such as "These people will not yield to you" as thousands of trade union members who are on a two-day strike march to Kizilay Square, in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, June 5, 2013. A group of activists have met with Turkey's deputy prime minister to present demands that could end days of anti-government demonstrations if met. The group urged the government to end plans to develop a park in Istanbul, stop tear gassing protesters, and lift restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

A Turkish protester shouts slogans such as “These people will not yield to you” as thousands of trade union members who are on a two-day strike march to Kizilay Square, in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, June 5, 2013. A group of activists have met with Turkey’s deputy prime minister to present demands that could end days of anti-government demonstrations if met. The group urged the government to end plans to develop a park in Istanbul, stop tear gassing protesters, and lift restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

A Turkish protester holds a banner that reads " 'Looters' are here, where are you (Erdogan)"? as thousands of trade union members who are on a two-day strike march to Kizilay Square, Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, June 5, 2013. In Ankara and Istanbul some demonstrations were largely jovial and humorous, calling themselves "looters," asked Turkey's prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to resign. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

A Turkish protester holds a banner that reads ” ‘Looters’ are here, where are you (Erdogan)”? as thousands of trade union members who are on a two-day strike march to Kizilay Square, Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, June 5, 2013. In Ankara and Istanbul some demonstrations were largely jovial and humorous, calling themselves “looters,” asked Turkey’s prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to resign. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

A protester sits on a barricade, with graffiti reading "Front Line" during clashes near Taksim square in Istanbul, early Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Turkey's deputy prime minister offered an apology Tuesday for the government's violent crackdown on an environmental protest, a calculated bid to ease days of anti-government rallies in the country's major cities. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis)

A protester sits on a barricade, with graffiti reading “Front Line” during clashes near Taksim square in Istanbul, early Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Turkey’s deputy prime minister offered an apology Tuesday for the government’s violent crackdown on an environmental protest, a calculated bid to ease days of anti-government rallies in the country’s major cities. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis)

A protester wearing a gas mask rests under a graffiti that reads "They said they have gas"  during clashes  near Taksim square in Istanbul, early Wednesday, June 5, 2013.  Turkey's deputy prime minister offered an apology Tuesday for the government's violent crackdown on an environmental protest, a calculated bid to ease days of anti-government rallies in the country's major cities. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis)

A protester wearing a gas mask rests under a graffiti that reads “They said they have gas” during clashes near Taksim square in Istanbul, early Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Turkey’s deputy prime minister offered an apology Tuesday for the government’s violent crackdown on an environmental protest, a calculated bid to ease days of anti-government rallies in the country’s major cities. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis)

A protester with a plastic wrap on her head stands next to a barricade during clashes in Istanbul early Tuesday, June 4, 2013. Police in Turkey have used tear gas for a fourth day to disperse demonstrations that grew out of a sit-in to prevent the uprooting of trees at Istanbul's main square. Demonstrators are also venting pent-up resentment against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has been in office for 10 years. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

A protester with a plastic wrap on her head stands next to a barricade during clashes in Istanbul early Tuesday, June 4, 2013. Police in Turkey have used tear gas for a fourth day to disperse demonstrations that grew out of a sit-in to prevent the uprooting of trees at Istanbul’s main square. Demonstrators are also venting pent-up resentment against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has been in office for 10 years. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

A woman passes next to a graffiti with a police helmet as the blue words reading ''Turk independence'' at Taksim Square in Istanbul, Monday, June 3, 2013. The demonstrations that grew out of anger over excessive police force have spiraled into Turkey's biggest anti-government demonstrations in years, challenging Prime Minister's Recep Tayyip Erdogan power. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

A woman passes next to a graffiti with a police helmet as the blue words reading ”Turk independence” at Taksim Square in Istanbul, Monday, June 3, 2013. The demonstrations that grew out of anger over excessive police force have spiraled into Turkey’s biggest anti-government demonstrations in years, challenging Prime Minister’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan power. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

A Turkish protester holds a banner as thousands of trade union members who are on a two-day strike march to Kizilay Square, in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, June 5, 2013. A group of activists have met with Turkey's deputy prime minister to present demands that could end days of anti-government demonstrations if met. The group urged the government to end plans to develop a park in Istanbul, stop tear gassing protesters, and lift restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

A Turkish protester holds a banner as thousands of trade union members who are on a two-day strike march to Kizilay Square, in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, June 5, 2013. A group of activists have met with Turkey’s deputy prime minister to present demands that could end days of anti-government demonstrations if met. The group urged the government to end plans to develop a park in Istanbul, stop tear gassing protesters, and lift restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

In this Sunday, June 2, 2013 photo protesters display a banner depicting Turkish media as the three wise monkeys who see no evil, speak no evil and hear no evil, outside Haber Turk television channel in Istanbul. As Turkey’s largest city was convulsed by some of the most widespread anti-government protests the country has seen in modern times, the country’s broadcast media looked away. Dense clouds of acrid, choking tear gas might have been blanketing the central square of Turkey’s largest city, but it was penguins that were the theme of the evening on one of the country’s largest private television stations. Its nature documentary ran uninterrupted, while another channel opted for a cooking show and a documentary on Adolf Hitler. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

In this Sunday, June 2, 2013 photo protesters display a banner depicting Turkish media as the three wise monkeys who see no evil, speak no evil and hear no evil, outside Haber Turk television channel in Istanbul. As Turkey’s largest city was convulsed by some of the most widespread anti-government protests the country has seen in modern times, the country’s broadcast media looked away. Dense clouds of acrid, choking tear gas might have been blanketing the central square of Turkey’s largest city, but it was penguins that were the theme of the evening on one of the country’s largest private television stations. Its nature documentary ran uninterrupted, while another channel opted for a cooking show and a documentary on Adolf Hitler. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

In this Thursday, May 30, 2013 photo, a man seen wearing a make-shift gas-mask hours before riot police use tear gas and pressurized water to quash a peaceful demonstration by hundreds of people staging a sit-in protest to try and prevent the demolition of trees at an Istanbul park, Turkey. Police moved in at dawn Friday to disperse the crowd on the fourth day of the protest against a contentious government plan to revamp Istanbul’s main square, Taksim, injuring a number of protesters. The protesters are demanding that the square’s park, Gezi, is protected. (AP Photo)

In this Thursday, May 30, 2013 photo, a man seen wearing a make-shift gas-mask hours before riot police use tear gas and pressurized water to quash a peaceful demonstration by hundreds of people staging a sit-in protest to try and prevent the demolition of trees at an Istanbul park, Turkey. Police moved in at dawn Friday to disperse the crowd on the fourth day of the protest against a contentious government plan to revamp Istanbul’s main square, Taksim, injuring a number of protesters. The protesters are demanding that the square’s park, Gezi, is protected. (AP Photo)

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