Conflict & Justice

Plan to Pave Over Istanbul Park to Build Shopping Mall Sparks Protests



A Turkish riot policeman uses tear gas as people protest against the destruction of trees in a park brought about by a pedestrian project, in Taksim Square in central Istanbul May 28, 2013. REUTERS/Osman Orsal (TURKEY - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTX103XA

Hundreds of Turks staged a protest against the government's plan to pave over an Istanbul park to build a shopping mall.

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What began several days ago as a peaceful protest to save trees has now grown to thousands of Turks who are fed up with many of their government's policies.

Reporter Dalia Mortada tells anchor Marco Werman about how the protests have morphed and changed over the past several days.