Man standing silently inspires new form of protest in Turkey

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

ImageImageThe first such protest was The first such protest was carried out late Monday by performance artist carried out late Monday by performance artist, who stood for hours at Istanbul’s central Taksim Square, in passive defiance of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The square has been sealed off from mass protests since police cleared it over the weekend, but have not stopped pedestrians from entering.

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

Gunduz’s vigil was broken up by police early Tuesday after others joined him.

A police crackdown that began May 31 against environmentalists and other activists in Taksim Square set off protests nationwide.

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