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The sound of silence in Turkey

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 00:44

June 18 - A lone, silent vigil by a man in Istanbul inspires copycat protests, as police detain dozens across Turkey in an operation linked to protests. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Anti-government protesters stood silently in Turkish cities on Tuesday, taking their lead from a man who has been dubbed the "standing man". Performance artist Erdem Gunduz became the new symbol of anti-government protests in Turkey after his eight-hour vigil in Taksim Square earned him the nickname "the Standing Man". Images of Gunduz standing quietly in the large, open square, the cradle of three weeks of often violent unrest, have struck a chord with sympathizers more used to witnessing stone-throwing youths battling police tear gas and water cannon. On Tuesday, hundreds more men and women staged copycat protests in Istanbul, the capital Ankara and the city of Izmir on the Aegean coast. The silent protests were in stark contrast to demonstrations at the weekend, which saw some of the fiercest clashes so far when police fired teargas and water cannon to clear thousands from Taksim Square. What began in May as a protest by environmentalists upset over plans to build on a park adjoining Taksim has grown into a movement against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, presenting the greatest public challenge to his 10-year leadership. s

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The sound of silence in Turkey

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 00:44

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