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Woman in red dress, sprayed with tear gas by masked policeman, becomes symbol for Turkish protesters
In her red cotton summer dress, necklace and white bag slung over her shoulder she might have been floating across the lawn at a garden party; but before her crouches a masked policeman firing tear gas spray that sends her long hair billowing upwards.
Taken in Taksim Square in central Istanbul on May 28, the image has been endlessly shared on social media.
The woman in red has even been replicated as a cartoon on posters and stickers and has become a symbol for female protesters during days of violent anti-government demonstrations in Istanbul.
Some posters show the woman towering over a police officer and say “the more they spray, the bigger we get.” (Osman Orsal / Reuters)
You probably heard about the protests that started in Gezi Park, Istanbul, Turkey the past weeks that continue to this day and that have spread through the country.
The people organized this Public Library in Gezi Park that was later destroyed by the police (as you can see in the last 2 photographs).
Between the chaos and the danger of police brutality (that have severely injured and killed civilians), people got together and built a library.
This is the human spirit in its most beautiful form.
Thanks to einhellesbitte for the information and the links.
Images source: Gezikutuphanesi