“We are living in a dictatorship and I’m pretty sure everyone here is aware of that,” said Aysegul, a 22-year-old college student in Istanbul who came out to protest the coup attempt, which she said would have “taken all our freedoms from the people.”
Both her parents, who flanked their daughter in the teeming crowd in Taksim, had taken part in the anti-government Gezi Park protests in 2013.
Three years ago, they were dodging tear gas and rubber bullets fired by police. Since then, protests have been largely banned in Istanbul, with police sometimes violently breaking up marches and demonstrations with water cannons and batons.
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