This Revolution Will Not Be Televised Because It’s Already on Twitter (PHOTOS)

Turkish protestors tell the story of escalating violence by blasting it across social media sites.

Gas masks on, phone in hand, this has become the stance of Turkey's activists. (Photo: Ammar Mohammed/Twitpic)
A Bay Area native, Andri Antoniades has previously worked as a fashion industry journalist and a medical writer.

June 16 marks the 18th day of fierce antigovernment protests in Turkey. Escalating violence is being documented by activists who are accusing the police of cruel and excessive force. Gassing and other manifestations of violence are wreaking havoc in neighborhoods throughout Istanbul, Ankara and smaller cities throughout the country.

The infighting reached another level last night, after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered the riot police to storm the protests' center, Gezi Park—a maneuver that set off a maelstrom of chaos in Istanbul's downtown area.

Erdogan has been particularly intolerant of activists' use of social media, calling the technology "the worst menace to society." In an interview last week, he referred to protestors as "looters," and blamed the entire episode on the use of social media sites like Twitter, which according to him spread lies.

On the other hand, activists say their local news agencies are ignoring parts of the story in order to paint Erdogan and the riot police in a favorable light.

Perhaps even more than their presence on the ground, these Tweets may just be the most defiant of actions. Wherever your sympathies lie, this is a group of people who refuse to stay silent.

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