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Wed Jun 19, 2013, 01:11 PM

Standing man inspires silent protests in Turkey.



A Turkish man has staged an eight-hour silent vigil on Istanbul's Taksim Square, scene of violent clashes between police and anti-government protesters in recent weeks, inspiring hundreds of others to follow his lead.

"Standing man" said he wanted to take a stand against police stopping demonstrations near the square, DHA news agency reported.

He stood silently, facing the Ataturk Cultural Centre which was draped in Turkish flags and a portrait of Ataturk, from 6 p.m. (4.00 p.m. British time) on Monday until 2.00 am on Tuesday.

By 2 a.m. (12.00 a.m. British time), when the police moved in, about 300 people had joined him.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-22949632

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2013, 02:39 PM

1. I am; as a protest..

simply brilliant.
The weight of one person staring, inspirational. The weight of 3 hundred staring, heavy enough for police to be ordered in. How heavy is the gaze of a thousand? A hundred thousand?
If half a million people stood outside our Capital building and stared.....
If a half million women stood and stared....
If a half million in suits stood....
If a half million in Goodwill store clothes stood...
If a hundred million stood outside the NSA building....

I am; is strong
We are; conquers planets.




I am not a big fan of humanity in general; but every once in awhile, the action of a single individual excuses all the shit the rest of us dump.

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2013, 03:29 PM

2. And it's going viral

http://spanishrevolution11.wordpress.com/2013/06/19/revolution-goes-viral/

We head home. At the bull statue in central Kadıköy we experience another of those beautiful emotional moments that characterise revolutionary times. A dozen people are standing silently in protest, some holding Turkish flags, some holding images of Atatürk, some simply reading a book. People from the neighbourhood bring them supplies. Someone lifts a bottle of water to their lips. Passers by are applauding, cars are honking. This is happening all through the country. At the moment, hundreds of people are standing in Taksim.



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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2013, 06:57 PM

3. They are beautiful. K&R n/t

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2013, 10:27 PM

4. Powerful. wow

 

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