Sunday, June 16, 2013

from the perspective of children

Yesterday afternoon, before the police raid on Gezi Park, I took these photos of drawings made by children. There was a small art workshop in one of the tents, and the drawings were strung up like Tibetan prayer flags between trees. The earlier rain had warped these precious works of art, which tell the story of the resistance from the point of view of its smallest members.

In the first drawing, police are gas bombing inside someone's house, while a sad bird watches. The second drawing describes the death of many different kinds of animals (including a panda), while the third shows a shopping mall on the left, and on the right, a man chopping down trees in Gezi Park. Though the rain had washed away much of the final drawing, you can still make out a police TOMA vehicle spraying people with water, which we now know is tainted with pepper spray chemicals.

Gezi Park is entirely cleared out today, and occupied by police.
Everything is gone.


Karen said...

Thank you for sharing these poignant drawings.

szaza said...

Thank you, Karen— I am glad you appreciate them.