One standing man shakes a state


Performance artist Erdem Gunduz stood stock still amid the mayhem of public protest in Taksim Square, Istanbul, from 6pm to 2 am local time on Monday, June, 17, 2013, reports the Guardian.
 
"The "standing man" exemplifies some features of the tradition of passive resistance." writes reporter Richard Seymour. "Gunduz's protest was both an affront and a question for the authorities: beat him? Why? He's just standing there. Leave him alone? Then he wins, doesn't he?"
 
Seymour reports that Gunduz's action went viral on social media, and that others as far away as Ankara and Izmir joined his peaceful protest.
 
Meanwhile, the government continues it forceful solution against protestors opposing the demolition of Gezi Park to make way for commercial development.