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Istanbul to display huge Gezi Park protest mural

Gezi Park protest, June, 2013
Gezi Park protest, June, 2013 Image by Meg Rutherford / CC BY 2.0

A 50 sq m mural depicting the controversial Gezi Park protests of 2013 is to go on display in Istanbul on the two-year anniversary of the event. Several people died in the protests and 8000 were injured after police forcibly evicted protestors trying to protect the park from redevelopment. Following the protests the government shelved plans to turn the park, in Beyoğlu, into a shopping mall. The gigantic painting has been created by the son of the park’s gardener, who spent his life there. It depicts people who died during the event as well as symbols of the conflict such as a yellow canary and a bulldozer chasing riot vehicles. The mural will be erected on the terrace of the Istanbul Chamber of Architects in Taksim from May 30. Read more: hurriyetdailynews.com