Friday, 21 June 2013

Ankara in protest- Meet TOMA the tear gas and water cannon truck

TOMA is the name given to the tear gas and water cannon trucks that have been part of the the heavy criticised police crackdown on protests in Turkey. Two of these trucks were used to disperse protesters on Ankara's Kennedy street on the nights of both Wedndesday 19th and Thursday 20th of June 2013.

They charged protesting crowds with no obvious signs of the 'hooligans' or 'terrosists' Prime Minister Erdogan has been referring to in recent speeches. They spray tear gas from their sides if protesters approach to close to the vehicle. There are also accusations by demonstrators that an extra additive in the water cannon water, which colours it red (see in the water jets), is tear gas or some other irritant.

For more more than three weeks protesters have clashed with police in Turkey, demonstrarting against what they say is authoritarian rule by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his AK Party.

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