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Mayday: Tear Gas in Istanbul
On Mayday in Istanbul, we had a front row seat to watch world events unfold.
The area in front of our picture window became in important piece of ground in the battle between protesters and police. Protesters were determined to reach Taksim Square to commemorate last year’s events, but tens of thousands of police blocked their way to the Square, which was forbidden to them. That made the street right in front of our apartment into an important bit of territory.
Here are photos from my window (many through the curtains, because the events were just feet away from me!)
When it was all over, we tried to go outside, but we couldn’t get past the foyer of our apartment building. Craig got further than I did and came back with eyes red and streaming. I barely moved past our door and felt my lungs searing.
When we finally did go out, hours later, we saw broken windows and charred building fronts on our street. There was a lot of horrific coughing all down the street. Although we couldn’t smell the gas any more, by the time we walked to the store and back, we were coughing, too.
That was day before yesterday. Although rubble is still being cleaned up, I want you all to know that everything seems fine now. We walked all over the city yesterday, and everything felt fine and safe and back to normal.
Published by Lauren
I'm a nomadic freelance writer, out enjoying the world!