There Is A Dog That Wears Sunglasses And Rides A Motorcycle Protesting At #OccupyGezi

Sunglasses Motorcycle Dog is a local celebrity and it looks like he and his human have joined the protests.

1. This is Istanbul’s Sunglasses Motorcycle Dog.

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2. He’s a cool-as-heck dog that rides around Istanbul on his human’s shoulders.

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3. Reuters snapped this photo of S.M.D. (Sunglasses Motorcycle Dog) riding around Takism Sqaure during the protests on Sunday.

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4. It appears that S.M.D. has been hanging out in the area throughout most of the protests, occupying the park with the rest of the activists.

Arie Amaya-Akkermans


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

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5. S.M.D. and his human are park regulars, according to a protester who spoke with BuzzFeed on Wednesday via Facebook Chat.

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6. S.M.D. often dresses up in a Turkish soccer jersey and barks at park-goers wearing the jerseys of rival soccer teams.

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7. He’s often called “The Hipster Dog” or “The Riot Dog Of Istanbul” by Turkish social media users.

The Riot Dog of Istanbul! #occupygezi #taksim #direngaziparki

— Stratos Moraitis (@stratosmoraitis)

Stratos Moraitis


The Riot Dog of Istanbul! #occupygezi #taksim #direngaziparki

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8. Here’s a photo of both him and his human wearing protective eyewear.

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9. Stay safe out there, Sunglasses Motorcycle Dog.

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