Gezi Park: A Helpful Banner
A dose of lemon juice is just one part of a well-prepared teargas antidote kit; an aerosol spray of over-the-counter antacids mixed with water is equally important. Last Saturday night, just following the police invasion of Gezi Park, I found myself in the midst of an unprovoked police barrage of chemically-tainted water cannon spray and exploding tear gas canisters. In the aftermath of the attack, young people equipped with spray bottles of homemade antacid brew approached those afflicted with irritated skin, searing eyes, and shortness of breath (this observer included) to spray them with antacid solution. My thanks to these properly-outfitted good Samaritans. The various antacid solutions, by the way, uncannily resembled, in taste and color, the Maalox liquid once swigged by a generation of harried, ulcerous office workers and milk-of-magnesia, one of the more unpleasant pharmaceutical mixtures regularly spooned out to children back in the years of my childhood. But, the relief the concoctions provided was more than welcome nonetheless!
Thank you for the reviews from Istanbul, I hope to read more reports soon. Stay safe.