The Turkish Protests: In Photos (so far)

Turkish riot policeman uses tear gas during a protest in central Istanbul
The Photo that started it all: Reuters photographer Osman Orsal made this image on the first day of protests in Ganzi Park, Istanbul, Turkey. Peaceful demonstrators, who showed up to protest against plans to uproot trees in the famous park (in order to make way for construction of commercial buildings), were tear-gassed.Osman Orsal / Reuters
Riot police use tear gas to disperse the crowd during an anti-government protests at Taksim Square in central Istanbul
The day after the Ganzi Park incident, protestors take to the streets of Istanbul in full force, prompting police to continue the use of tear gas, in addition to water cannons, for crowd control, resulting in wide reports of injuries. As news of protests in Istanbul spreads, demonstrators begin rallying in other cities throughout the nation.Osman Orsal / Reuters
Anti-government protesters clash with riot police near the Prime Minister Erdogan's office in Istanbul
Within three days of the initial protests, tens of thousands of people take to the streets of Turkey's four largest cities, clashing violently with riot police. Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan blames the protests on the opposition party in Turkey inciting the crowds, in an attempt to undermine him.Murad Sezer / Reuters
A demonstrator wears a gas mask made out of a plastic water bottle during a protest against Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling AK Party in central Ankara
A demonstrator wears a home-made gas mask.Umit Bektas / Reuters
Man is hit by a jet of water as riot police use a water cannon to disperse demonstrators during a protest against Turkey's PM Erdogan and his ruling AKP in central Ankara
As protests continue throughout most major metropolitan areas in Turkey, including Ankara (seen here), police increase their use of water cannons and tear gas to control crowds, injuring hundreds, and killing two.Umit Bektas / Reuters
Riot police use tear gas to disperse the crowd during an anti-government protest in Istanbul
Riot police use tear gas to disperse the crowd during an anti-government protest in Istanbul June 3, 2013.Murad Sezer / Reuters
An anti-government protester shouts slogans during a demonstration in central Ankara
An anti-government protester shouts slogans during a demonstration in central Ankara June 3, 2013.Umit Bektas / Reuters
An anti-government protester shouts for help to extinguish a burning container in Istanbul's Taksim square
As protests continue into the eighth day, clashes in Istanbul continue to be violent. Here, a demonstrator shouts for help, in putting out a fire in Istanbul's Takism Square.Yannis Behrakis / Reuters
Riot police rest in front of a group of ATMs during clashes with anti-government protesters in Ankara
Riot police rest in front of a group of ATMs during clashes with anti-government protesters in Ankara early June 5, 2013.Umit Bektas / Reuters
A protester holds up the Turkish flag amidst smoke from flares during a demonstration at Taksim Square in Istanbul
A protester holds up the Turkish flag amidst smoke from flares during a demonstration at Taksim Square in Istanbul June 8, 2013.Stoyan Nenov / Reuters

As the situation in Turkey has escalated over the course of the past week and a half, we've been keeping a close eye on the resulting images coming out of Istanbul and other major cities. At times both brutal and exhasuting, these photos shed some light on complicated story that continues to unfold.

Istanbul has always been a small obsession of mine, ever since hearing Alex Webb give a talk on his own fascination with Turkey's largest metropolitan area. Istanbul has stood as a major economic, cultural and religious center for more than 2,500 years of human history -- making the current struggle all the more curious.

We'll continue to update this gallery throughout the rest of the week as we stumble upon more images that move us.