Anti-government protesters blocked off roads that lead to Taksim Square on Monday (June 3). A group of four protesters trying to stop a handful of trees from being cut down for a road-expansion project mushroomed last week into thousands of people, who refashioned Gezi into a festival campsite with concerts, speeches and yoga sessions. They oppose a plan to pedestrianize Taksim and raze Gezi Park to rebuild a 19th Century Ottoman barracks that once marked the outer limits of the city.moreless
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