A violent protest in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday delivered a mind-bending visual moment as a female TV reporter was barreled into the air by the direct force of a water cannon whilst covering the event. Even worse, it appears that the water from the cannon was mixed with pepper spray as a further, painful deterrent to the crowds. The image above was captured by Reuters photographer Umit Bektas.
Nearly 2,000 protesters turned out to demand the release of army officers who were jailed for allegedly plotting a coup against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Islamic Justice and Development Party (AKP). Mixed into the unrest was outrage over a restrictive new Internet bill that protesters are urging Turkish President Abdullah Gul not to approve before it becomes law in 15 days.
The Turkish government passed a bill last week allowing hundreds of officers to be retried after mass trials in 2012 and 2013 put hundreds of them in prison for attempting to topple Erdogan. There were also reports that a five-year limit for detentions without convictions would not be applied in the coup trials.
"We are here to demand the release of all the patriots. Turkey is living under Tayyip's rule of repression," Emine Altin, a protester, told AFP.