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Standing still to move forward, protests in Turkey continue

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Standing still to move forward, protests in Turkey continue


Standing firm, silent protesters in Istanbul’s Taksim square show no signs of ending their new form of defiance.

The new style of ‘standing man’ protests follows a ban on public gatherings as the prime minister tries to take control of the situation.

It began on Tuesday when images choreographer Erdem Gunduz standing defiantly in the square flooded the net and inspired copycat demos.

Overnight on Wednesday clashes erupted once again in Ankara as police warned demonstrators to leave before firing water cannon at them.

At least one person was detained in the Turkish capital. Around 100 people were being questioned by police over violent acts during protests across the country.

Demonstrations against Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government stretch back to May 31 when a small environmental protest over the redevelopment of Gezi park spiralled into larger wave of activism following the heavy handed police response.

It has become the biggest test for Erdogan’s ten-year-rule.

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