Thousands of protesters tried to reclaim Taksim Square on Tuesday night, mocking the police and calling them to leave. Some engaged in direct confrontation, launching fireworks, throwing stones, and lighting fires. A van standing on the square was set alight in the process. Police fired back, bombarding the crowds with tear gas, and pushing them in the narrow streets with water canon. Scores of flag and flare-wielding protesters had to flee the square, some leaving for Gezi Park, where some tear gas was also reportedly fired.
Protesters in Turkey are crying out against the brutal tactics of the police in handling the unrest. Witnesses claim security forces show little mercy towards those who take to the streets. In the video posted on the internet, a man in wheelchair can be seen being targeted with a water cannon. The footage has already sparked massive outrage among protesters on Twitter. Professor Huse-yin Bagchi, from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, thinks more unrest would only split the country further.
Riot police have fired volleys of tear gas as thousands of protesters are trying to reclaim Taksim after being forced out in fierce clashes with law enforcement. Thick smoke is blanketing the square. Turkish riot police are driving thousands into narrow side streets with water cannon vehicles advanced across the square. Protesters are burning colorful flares and fireworks.