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“Standing Man” Becomes Symbol Of Turkey Protests

The new “Lady in Red.”


Duran Adam

@benduruyorum

I`m standing for Turkey @BBCBreaking @Hugodixon @HalkHaberTv #duranadam #direnduranadam

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.

Uncredited / AP

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.

4. Those arrested were quickly memorialized.

standing man taken into custody @nytimes @cnni @washingtonpost @FRANCE24 @RaiTv @BBCWorld @BBCNews @CNNEE #duranadam

— wesdesa (@Ben Ayyafım)

Ben Ayyafım

@wesdesa

standing man taken into custody @nytimes @cnni @washingtonpost @FRANCE24 @RaiTv @BBCWorld @BBCNews @CNNEE #duranadam

Keep Calm and #duranadam

— busraayilmazz (@B�fcfra Yılmaz)

B�fcfra Yılmaz

@busraayilmazz

Keep Calm and #duranadam

6. And on Tuesday, hundreds more joined in the silent protest, standing peacefully in Taksim Square and all over Istanbul.

Photo:A silent standing girl and a policeman #standingman #duranadam

— timeturkiye (@TIME TURKIYE)

TIME TURKIYE

@timeturkiye

Photo:A silent standing girl and a policeman #standingman #duranadam

Some of the "standstillers" are hand in hand now at #Taksim. #Turkey #Gezi #Duranadam LIVE: http://t.co/efgSh46mRw

— Mrlnka (@Meralin)

Meralin

@Mrlnka

Some of the “standstillers” are hand in hand now at #Taksim. #Turkey #Gezi #Duranadam LIVE: http://t.co/efgSh46mRw

Photo:Poeple keep standing in Taksim square. #standingman #duranadam

— timeturkiye (@TIME TURKIYE)

TIME TURKIYE

@timeturkiye

Photo:Poeple keep standing in Taksim square. #standingman #duranadam

New people standing now on Taksim #duranadam ȁd

— dilekzaptcioglu (@Dilek Zapt�e7ıoflu)

Dilek Zapt�e7ıoflu

@dilekzaptcioglu

New people standing now on Taksim #duranadam ȁd

Kanyon eyleme bafladı! #duranadam

— UygarTaylan (@Uygar Taylan)

Uygar Taylan

@UygarTaylan

Kanyon eyleme bafladı! #duranadam

#duranadam Sabah Gazetesi binası �f6n�fcnde eylemini s�fcrd�fcr�fcyor

— AgenceLeJournal (@LeJournal)

LeJournal

@AgenceLeJournal

#duranadam Sabah Gazetesi binası �f6n�fcnde eylemini s�fcrd�fcr�fcyor

Duranadamlar kadikoyde #duranadam

— sedaonders (@�e7apulcu ayyaf seda)

�e7apulcu ayyaf seda

@sedaonders

Duranadamlar kadikoyde #duranadam

Now people standing in front of TV stations via@DirenGezi #duranadam #duraninsanlar

— der_arzt (@der arzt)

der arzt

@der_arzt

Now people standing in front of TV stations via@DirenGezi #duranadam #duraninsanlar

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Jessica Testa is a national reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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