Police raid protesters’ tents in Izmir, supporters released
A policeman removes tents of protesters in a central park in Turkey’s İzmir. AA photoPolice raided the tents installed in the Gündoğdu Square of Izmir in support of the Gezi Park protests early June 20 morning and detained about 30 protestors.
Police intervened at the Gündoğdu Square located in the Kordon neighborhood early in the morning with two anti-riot vehicles after warning the protesters to pack up and leave.
The demonstrators decided not to remove the tents and formed a human chain. Police intervened and started to remove the tents after the inconclusive attempt by some of the protestors to talk to the police that lasted about 30 minutes.
About 30 protesters who fought back against the police were detained.
Meanwhile three members of Beşiktaş’s famous supporters’ club, known as Çarşı, were released on bail June 19 in Istanbul, after being detained over Taksim Gezi Park protests.
Two other people, Halil İbrahim Erol and İbrahim Halillulah, who were detained in the same police operation, were arrested for carrying guns.