This picture doesn't really do it justice. There are people to the sides that you can't see--and people way back beneath the trees and spilling out
behind them. It's hard to say how many people are here, but I'd guess 150,000. Really big turn out tonight.
It's kind of like a circus down there. People are, of course, selling things, like Anonymous masks, gas masks, flags, etc. Some are standing in huge
circles doing some sort of traditional dance. There are so many people coming out of the subway that it is backed up for 1/2 hour to get out into the
There is a lot of graffiti on the buildings, burned out and tipped over cars that block access to the police from coming into the square, many ATM's
vandalized. In the mornings, many of the protesters are out cleaning up the mess. Some restaurants and stands are giving away free water and donated
food---which reminds me of the Occupy protests.
I don't think the government here will tolerate this much longer, to be honest. They've backed way off since Sunday, but at some point, they are
going to want the city of Istanbul to get back to some sort of normalcy. The US State Department just issued a warning to travelers coming to Turkey,
as did the Brits, and that's not good for the city--is what the government is probably thinking. Our hotel--a famous one in Taksim Square, is fairly
empty, to give you an idea of the impact.
But still, giant cruise ships pulled into the harbor today. The word is that the government has backed off and tourism is still okay.
But I do believe at some point things can't continue this way. I doubt the protesters will back down from their demands and there is going to be a
It has been a seriously interesting few nights here in the Square. None of us feel threatened in any way. My only concern is the moment the
government begins to intervene again.
I think this is inevitable.
I also want to mention that the State Department said Americans have been arrested or injured during the protests.
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