Figured I'd make a thread about it, since its a part of the occupy movement so to speak
Basically, started as a demonstration against corporate forces turning one of the last greenspots in Istanbul into a mall. When they stood against the machines, the police came out in force to evict them. Then it turned into more of a demonstration for freedom that they feel they've lost the last ten years and against the freedom that corporations and conservatives have gotten in the meanwhile.
I think its a great way to make a point, usually a president should be disposable if he reacts badly to such demonstrations, and I think this is getting very close to such a situation. Turkish media keeps silent about the riots and the president tries to laugh it all away.
We'll see which way this goes.