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Turkey's 'Massive' Rights Crimes At Gezi Protests Cited by Amnesty

In a detailed study on Turkey's recent urban unrest, the international human rights body Amnesty International reports widespread abuse by authorities.
Riot police officers run after demonstrators on Istiklal Street in central Istanbul July 13, 2013. Turkish police fired water cannon and tear gas on Saturday to disperse hundreds of protesters who gathered to march to Gezi Park, which has been at the heart of fierce unrest against Prime Minister Erdogan's rule. Protesters scattered, running into sidestreets where police pursued them, before starting to regroup on Istiklal Street, metres from the main Taksim Square. REUTERS/Umit Bektas (TURKEY - Tags: POLITI

In the most detailed study yet on the Gezi Park youth protests in Istanbul in early summer, Amnesty International on Wednesday accused the Turkish government of "human rights violations on a massive scale."

In a report published Oct. 2, the organization detailed what it called "the worst excesses of police violence" during the protests, the failure to bring these abuses to justice and the subsequent prosecution and harassment of those who took part in the demonstrations.

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