Silent Protest: The Taksim Square Book Club

From Shelf Awarness, June 26th

photo George Henton/ Al Jazeera

The “Standing Man” form of resistance in Turkey is currently making headlines internationally after weeks of violent confrontations between protesters and police, but another alternative version of resistance has been occurring in Istanbul since the beginning of the protest.
“Public reading and informal education has been notable since the earliest days of the protest, but has since merged with the Standing Man to form ‘The Taksim Square Book Club,’ ” Al Jazeera reported. These protesters stand silently and read books, and the “chosen reading material of many of those who take their stand is reflective, in part, of the thoughtfulness of those who have chosen this motionless protest to express their discontent.”

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