Witnesses report plainclothes police officers wielding Molotov cocktails in attempt to discredit the protesters
“It’s going to be hard for Edrogan to explain this away, to send in an overwhelming force to clear people away who were just chanting,” said Engel.
“We will fight. We want freedom. We are freedom fighters,” said student Burak Arat, who told AFP he was sleeping in Gezi Park—a “liberated zone” until now—until he awoke to the bursts of tear gas canisters.
Witnesses posted pictures online of the throwers carrying walkie-talkies and wearing similar gas masks to those the police wore. Another posted a picture of an older man, carrying a gun and bearing “no resemblance to the thousands of demonstrators who have peacefully occupied the square for the past 12 days.”