This video is called Turkey – The Protesters of Gezi Park.
From Hürriyet daily news in Turkey:
Saturday, July 20 2013
Riot police have closed access to Gezi Park ahead of a wedding for a couple that met during the first wave of Gezi protests and had planned to symbolically tie the knot at the park, before firing water cannon at the crowd gathered for the event.
As the crowd gathered for the wedding, police cordoned off the entrance, announcing they would not allow the wedding ceremony to take place.
Police then pushed back the crowd onto the İstiklal Avenue entrance of Taksim Square. What was initially planned as a wedding transformed into a demonstration, and police fired water cannon after protestors refused to disperse.
Police chased some of the protesters into the side streets, cutting off some of the pedestrian entrances to the İstiklal Avenue. Some protesters have also been detained, according to reports.
Police reopened the park a couple of hours after the intervention, around 7:45 p.m., according to daily Hürriyet.
Couple head to Gezi after marrying at municipality
The couple, Nuray and Özgür, headed to the park after marrying at the Şişli district’s municipality building.
“Do you accept to live, be happy and resist together until death do you part,” the registrar asked the couple while the guests chanted “Everywhere resistance, everywhere love,” adapting with a pince of humor for the occasion the protest’s most famous motto. An LGBT activist who took the floor made them promise to not get angry with their child if he or she happened to be gay.
Despite sealing off the park more than two [times] at first and firing water cannons to a crowd that gathered to participate at the wedding party, the police agreed to let the group enter the park for a short amount of time to take pictures.
But police officers interrupted the party, forcedly ejecting the newly-weds and restricting the access of the park once again.
Nuray, a trained nurse, and Özgür, a partially trained doctor who abandoned medical school, met in the first days of the unrest when Nuray turned her house into an infirmary to treat injured demonstrators, according to a friend.
The couple had invited all protesters and those that identify themselves as “chapullers” or “çapulcu” to their wedding at the symbolic location.
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