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36 Surreal And Defiant Photos From Istanbul’s #OccupyGezi

These are the quirky, tired, and dramatic faces of Turkish activism.

1. Darth Vader showed up.


لا عزاء للمُبصِرين

@skmouri

Turkish sense of humor.. It would appear they’ve got some.. cc @MohHKamel

3. And there are Guy Fawkes masks.


ÅnØn_Ønlïnë

@Anon_Online

Our Brothers and Sisters of #Anonymous in #Turkey #Istanbul for #OccupyGezi RT


Ozan Vural

@OVural

Dear Anonymous. You do not forgive. We are LOADING. Hello from Taksim #occupygezi @YourAnonNews @AnonOpsLegion

5. There are musicians.


Zeynep Erdim

@zeynep_erdim

Classical music concert at #occupygezi followed by crowds chanting “Tayyip enemy of culture” #istanbul #taksim

7. There are musicians wearing Guy Fawkes masks.

Protesting like a boss. #Taksim #OccupyGezi

— Anonymous Sweden (@AnonNewsSwe)

Anonymous Sweden

@AnonNewsSwe

Protesting like a boss. #Taksim #OccupyGezi

8. And a musician who marched, guitar in hand.

9. There is yoga.

Gezi Park'ta yoga yapan direnişçiler. Poziyonun adı "Altaylı SCD"

— Altuğ Yücel (@AltugYucel)

Altuğ Yücel

@AltugYucel

Gezi Park’ta yoga yapan direnişçiler. Poziyonun adı “Altaylı SCD”

"Oh yes, the #occupygezi demonstrators are very violent. They're doing yoga right now" via http://t.co/TUu8RhqT3Y

— RebelMouse (@RebelMouse)

RebelMouse

@RebelMouse

“Oh yes, the #occupygezi demonstrators are very violent. They’re doing yoga right now” via http://t.co/TUu8RhqT3Y

Gezi Parkı'ndan güzel görüntüler gelmeye devam ediyor:) Yoga saati! #DirenGeziParkı #OccupyGezi

— Fil'm Hafızası (@filmhafizasi)

Fil’m Hafızası

@filmhafizasi

Gezi Parkı’ndan güzel görüntüler gelmeye devam ediyor:) Yoga saati! #DirenGeziParkı #OccupyGezi

12. A lot of yoga.

14. And there is a library.

@SDMumford In today, people distributed a lots of books and they read in gezi park like that :)

— Queen of Plunderer (@OzgeKurbetoglu)

Queen of Plunderer

@OzgeKurbetoglu

@SDMumford In today, people distributed a lots of books and they read in gezi park like that :)

16. There are dogs.

A dog inside Gezi park, it's placard reads " Tayyip with no personality"! #istanbul #gezipark #occupygezi

— Katy Shafigh (@KatyShafigh)

Katy Shafigh

@KatyShafigh

A dog inside Gezi park, it’s placard reads ” Tayyip with no personality”! #istanbul #gezipark #occupygezi

17. Like this one in sunglasses that rides a motorcycle with his protester human.

Guy that was photographed yesterday sleeping with his dog + mask + glasses, here again ful awake at Gezi Park

— Arie Amaya-Akkermans (@Dilmunite)

Arie Amaya-Akkermans

@Dilmunite

Guy that was photographed yesterday sleeping with his dog + mask + glasses, here again ful awake at Gezi Park

18. Or this dog that would rather have a park than a mall.

'If there's no park, I'll poop in the mall' (from Istanbul protests) #direngeziparki

— Yildiray Cinar (@ycinar)

Yildiray Cinar

@ycinar

‘If there’s no park, I’ll poop in the mall’ (from Istanbul protests) #direngeziparki

19. Or this dog that understands the importance of a clean Gezi Park no matter how vicious the protesting becomes.

A dog helping with the cleaning in Gezipark, Istanbul. #occupygezi #occupyturkey

— Animal Planet (@MeetAnimals)

Animal Planet

@MeetAnimals

A dog helping with the cleaning in Gezipark, Istanbul. #occupygezi #occupyturkey

20. There are dogs that are being protected from tear gas.

21. And some that became more active than others.

Protesters in Istanbul helping a dog affected by tear gas.

— Cha Sophie Nielsen (@Fugucherie)

Cha Sophie Nielsen

@Fugucherie

Protesters in Istanbul helping a dog affected by tear gas.

22. There is art.

Gezi cok kalabalik ve harika! #direngeziparkı #occupygezi

— Gurkan Gurel (@gurkangurel)

Gurkan Gurel

@gurkangurel

Gezi cok kalabalik ve harika! #direngeziparkı #occupygezi

Turkish protesters get creative: because statues are people too. #occupygezi #direngeziparkı #bubirsivildirenis

— Aylin Geziparkı (@aylinyrd)

Aylin Geziparkı

@aylinyrd

Turkish protesters get creative: because statues are people too. #occupygezi #direngeziparkı #bubirsivildirenis

24. And there is kissing.

"Ogni movimento rivoluzionario è romantico per definizione" (Antonio Gramsci) Foto da Istanbul

— Il Popolo Viola (@popoloviola)

Il Popolo Viola

@popoloviola

“Ogni movimento rivoluzionario è romantico per definizione” (Antonio Gramsci) Foto da Istanbul

capulculove ❤ #occupygezi #occupyturkey #direngezi #ozgurlugunesahipcik

— Birsen Birdir (@birsenbirdir)

Birsen Birdir

@birsenbirdir

capulculove ❤ #occupygezi #occupyturkey #direngezi #ozgurlugunesahipcik

26. There was even a bride and groom that marched in their wedding attire.

27. There is a whirling dervish in a gas mask.

The picture of the dervish protester in a gas-mask is already iconic. #occupygezi

— Yiannis Βaboulias (@YiannisBab)

Yiannis Î’aboulias

@YiannisBab

The picture of the dervish protester in a gas-mask is already iconic. #occupygezi

(When I saw the gas-mask dervish yesterday, he was shirtless!) #occupygezi

— Elif Batuman (@BananaKarenina)

Elif Batuman

@BananaKarenina

(When I saw the gas-mask dervish yesterday, he was shirtless!) #occupygezi

29. And a protester-organized SWAT team, complete with spray-painted anarchy riot shields.

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30. There are children.

With all the violence, this is the most powerful image I've seen out of #turkey. #occupygezi #OpTurkey

— Anonymous (@AnonOpsLegion)

Anonymous

@AnonOpsLegion

With all the violence, this is the most powerful image I’ve seen out of #turkey. #occupygezi #OpTurkey

32. And young people.

34. And protesters that are a little bit older.

36. Now in its eighth day, at least 3,195 people have been injured and 700 people detained since last Friday, with no signs of slowing down.

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Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
Contact Ryan Broderick at ryan@buzzfeed.com.
 
 
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