"Standing Man": Turkey's Eerie, Powerful New Protest Movement

Less than a week after police forcibly removed demonstrators from Istanbul's central Taksim square, Turkish anti-government protestors re-occupied the space—without fanfare, violence, planning or noise.

On Monday afternoon, an artist and dancer named Erdem Gündüz (arrested in the past for protesting the ban on headscarves at Turkish universities) arrived at Taksim Square, turned to face the Ataturk Cultural Center, planted his feet on the ground and put his hands in his pockets, and stood. Police prodded him; passers-by photographed him. And eventually started to join him.

Within hours, Gündüz was joined by scores of other demonstrators in Taksim.

"Standing Man": Turkey's Eerie, Powerful New Protest Movement

By early Tuesday morning, the square had been effectively re-occupied by some 200 standing men and women. And that's when police moved in, removing the passive, nonresistant protestors via bus. (Gündüz managed to slip away.)

The next day, they showed up again. And not just in Taksim—as news of Gündüz's protest spread, demonstrators across the country performed their own standing man protests, posting photos under the hashtag #DuranAdam.

My favorite #duranadam in Taksim, right now pic.twitter.com/AN8ZQciGvB

— Akin Unver (@AkinUnver) June 18, 2013

Andy Carvin has collected a series of photos and Tweets about the Stading Man