One day after the police crackdown against the Gezi Park protestors, a man stood silent and motionless for six hours in Taksim Square. Reminiscent of the Chinese protestor confronting tanks in Tiananmen Square “the Standing Man” became the focus of a new form of protest against the Turkish state. The protesting “Standing Man” was arrested after a few hours. However, the past few days has seen the spreading of the “Standing Man” protests.

Many dissatisfied people we speak to on the streets of Istanbul say they are resisting the brutality of the Erdoğan regime. Some have battled with the police and built barricades. Others have gathered silently, in profound passive resistance. Even if the police are everywhere, Turkey appears to be entering a new “enlightenment period.”


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Love In Istanbul is a resident of Istanbul.

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