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Thursday 18 January 2018

Silent standing protest catches on

Erdem Gunduz stands silently on Taksim Square in Istanbul (AP)
Erdem Gunduz stands silently on Taksim Square in Istanbul (AP)

After weeks of sometimes-violent confrontation with police, Turkish protesters have found a new form of resistance - standing still and silent.

The first such protest was carried out by performance artist Erdem Gunduz, who stood for hours at Istanbul's central Taksim Square, in passive defiance of primemMinister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The square has been sealed off from mass protests since police cleared it over the weekend, but pedestrians still have access.

Others copied him in Istanbul and other cities, and the act provoked widespread comment on social media.

Mr Erdem's vigil was broken up by police after others joined him.

Press Association

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