Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Standing Man . . .

Erdem Gunduz (center) stands in Instanbul's Taksim Square early Tuesday. — Petr David Josek/AP
THAT PROTEST SHALL NOT PERISH, from the creativity of the human spirit embodied in a chap name of Erdem Gunduz, who went to Taksim Square, and just stood there, passively, staring at the Ministry of Culture.

According to NPR's "The 'Standing Man' Of Turkey: Act Of Quiet Protest Goes Viral", it's catching, big-time.  Ghandi would be so pleased with the creativity of the human spirit.

For more than six hours Monday night, Erdem Gunduz stood motionless in Taksim Square, passively ignoring any prodding or harassment from police and people passing by.

His unusual form of protest has inspired activists in Turkey and around the world to assume the same pose. He's even become his own meme, as "standing man" (duran adam, in Turkish) supporters upload their own protest photos to Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere.

1 comment:

the salamander said...

.. Simple courage, silent, yet eloquently defined ..

Whatever he has.. you won't find in our mouthy, petulant, cue card, bullying government.

Courage & simple truth, in action.. have become extinct since The Harper Brand took over prorogues, elections and omnibus legislation.