“Standing Man” Becomes Symbol Of Turkey Protests

The new “Lady in Red.”

On Monday night, a Turkish choreographer named Erdem Gunduz stood still in Istanbul’s Taksim Square — the site of weeks of anti-government protests — staring at a portrait of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the man who founded modern, secular Turkey.

He stood there silently for hours, and soon other demonstrators began to notice. From the Agence France-Presse:

The choreographer’s plan was to stay standing still there for a month, breaking every 24 hours for three hours’ rest, while a friend took his place.

It was not long however before others joined in.

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According to the AFP, word spread quickly on social media, and the crowd grew substantially. Police eventually moved in, reportedly arresting 10 people, though Gunduz was able to escape.

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