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Published on Jun 19, 2013
June 15, 2013: Eyewitness video from Istanbul — On the night Gezi Park is shut down by police, I am at the end of Istiklal Street as riot police and water cannon push protesters out of Taksim Square. A man carrying a Turkish flag directly challenges the water cannon in front of Burger King. In the end, everyone gets gassed, including me! My very first teargas experience caught on video! — Video by Glenn Campbell. Continuous footage without editing. Shot with Canon Vixia HF M300.
Some notes and observations on this video: -- Here is my exact location (near the wall of the French Consulate): http://goo.gl/maps/hYS8I -- Burger King is the pinch point for closing off Taksim Square from Istiklal Street. There seemed like no strategic reason to go any farther than that, but they did. They took control of the entire area, even up to and beyond my hostel 1 km away. -- The water cannon doesn't just spray water. There is supposedly a caustic additive, but since I never touched the water myself, I can't be sure. -- Notice the photojournalists allowed to pass the police lines. -- The guy kneeling with a flag in front of the water truck was a perfect photo op that appeared on a lot of overseas newscasts. -- I filmed about a hour of video, including both before and after this clip, but this was the best part. -- About 30 minute after this video, the tear gas was so thick that I retreated to my hostel about 1km away. We kept the windows closed and lights off as the police mobilized below us. See http://Glenn-Campbell.com/album?Crack... -- For my own personal tear gas experience, go to 06:10 in this video. -- The tear gas is separate from the water cannon. It must have been in a canister thrown into the crowd (but I didn't see or hear it). That night, I heard dozens of canisters fired and smelled teargas often.