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‘Woman in red’ sprayed with teargas: Becomes symbol of Turkey protests

Posted on: June 6, 2013

‘Woman in red’ sprayed with teargas:  Becomes symbol of Turkey protests

Istanbul’s police chief had said his forces would only use teargas as a last resort. But the images seem to show the officer targeting an unarmed woman.

The images have been widely shared on social media and have spawned cartoons and graffiti across the country and beyond.

 posted in guardian.co.uk this June 5, 2013:

A Turkish policeman uses tear gas on a woman protesting in Gezi Park, Istanbul

The woman’s hair is blown upwards as she turns away from the officer.

Turkish riot policeman uses tear gas against woman

The officer closes in on the woman.

Turkish riot policeman uses tear gas against woman 4

The officer continues to use teargas as the woman turns away.

Turkish riot policeman uses tear gas 5

All photographs: Osman Orsal/REUTERS

The woman covers her mouth as the officer goes on to spray the crowds of demonstrators behind her.

Filiz Telek posted:
DEAR FRIENDS FROM ALL AROUND THE WORLD,
A new tactic by the Turkish Government and Police is in use. They’ve pulled out of Taksim in Istanbul, and they’re leaving the protesters alone in a few other big cities, because that’s where the international media have their cameras. They want us…/you to think the brutality came to an end.
WELL IT DID NOT.
It’s escalated in smaller towns all over Turkey. What happened in Istanbul for the past week, is now happening as brutally -even more- in Ankara, Adana, Antakya, Eskisehir, and dozens of other districts across Turkey.
Please copy and paste so that everyone around you knows about this, too. Thanks.

Note 1: My impression was that this particular officer was excited at the view of this beautiful girl wearing red, and took advantage of his power trip. People see red on many occasions…)

Note 2: Funny Turkish foreign minister calling the US counterpart and saying : “Be assured. Turkey brand of democracy is NOT a second class type…”

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