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Feature Story - 4 June, 2013
Greenpeace’s Mediterranean office is in the heart of Taksim Square. See our photos from activists on the ground.

Greenpeace activists join other protesters to defend Gezi Park in solidarity and to protect the right to peaceful protest. What started as a simple peaceful protest against the destruction of an iconic, and historic, park by Taksim Square, to make way for a shopping mall, has grown into a wider struggle for Turkish democracy. A question of whether the country puts people and natural environment before commerce and profit.

Greenpeace activists join other protesters to defend Gezi Park in solidarity and to protect the right to peaceful protest.

What started as a peaceful protest against the destruction of an iconic and historic park by Taksim Square has grown into a wider struggle for Turkish democracy and the right to peaceful protest all across the world. Taksim Square is the last remaining green space in Istanbul, and is slated to turn into a shopping mall.

Greenpeace’s Mediterranean office is in the heart of Taksim Square. See more photos of the protests below, and stay tuned for more updates from activists on the scene.

Greenpeace staff and volunteers help some of the many people affected by tear gas.

Read an account of the protests from Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo.

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