“The Standing Man” Protest, Taksim Stylee

The following crossed my in-box the other day, and I thought I would share (though I am not a fan of the term “passive resistance”).  Here is to hoping the video link works well.

From: Denis O’Hearn
Sent: June 18, 2013
Subject: a primer in passive resistance

I urge anyone who cares about social justice to watch the following Youtube video as a primer in passive resistance.

It records the “standing man” protest in Taksim Square last night, including undercover police harassment of Erdem Gunduz, and solidarity by others who joined in.

A remarkable coincidence (or perhaps not?). We were walking through Taksim at exactly 8.30 last night and B said to me “Why doesn’t everyone just stand here, we could just stand and what could they do?” I recalled an episode of Twilight Zone where everyone was frozen whenever a man stopped his watch. We did not think anything more about it and walked on.
Within minutes Erdem Gunduz was standing. Probably karma.

According to one report, which is not confirmed, police asked Gunduz what he was doing and he told them he was “waiting for a friend.” He identified the friend as Ethem Sarisuluk. That is the name of the man shot by police in Ankara. After he died, the authorities in Ankara reportedly shut down the metro so that the body could not be moved. Others began standing in Taksim Square. Some gave Gunduz water and other things in case his protest went on for a long time.

Finally, standing people were arrested in Taksim at 2am. They were charged with…get this…”Nonviolent resistance toward police by standing.”


Those interested in the topic of non-violent tactics may want to check the hashtag #fsi2013 as the Fletcher Summer Institute on Nonviolent Conflict is presently in progress (18-22 June 2013).


About Will H. Moore

I am a political science professor who also contributes to Political Violence @ a Glance and sometimes to Mobilizing Ideas . Twitter: @WilHMoo
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