While it can be summarized easily in a paragraph, the actual confrontation between police and protesters left much need for footnotes, as the police brutality shocked both the residents of the country and the international community.
Another thing to note are certain similarities between the Hamburg Protests and the Emek Protests in Turkey. Emek Cinema was a prominent site in İstanbul's history, as the go-to venue for galas, film festivals and cultural activities up until the last decade. The reconstruction of the Cercle d'Orient building and Emek Cinema led to protests in İstanbul that included clashes with the police.
However, even though both events had similarities in their starting points as well as the problems surrounding them, the coverage each event got could not be further apart. While the Hamburg protestors were demonized and emphasis given to the damages they caused, police brutality was swept under the rug until it became impossible to do so. Yet over the course of the protests most of the media stayed silent both locally and internationally, allowing the police free rein. The difference in approach to these two similar protests shows a clear bias, and we can only urge our colleagues to give protests and protestors equal representation and standing regardless of their country of origin.
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