Hundreds of protesters stood still for hours on squares on main streets in several cities, mimicking a lone protester who started the trend on Istanbul’s Taksim Square on Monday and has been dubbed the “Standing Man.”
In the first direct government comment on the new style of protest, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc told reporters that the standing protests are peaceful and “pleasing to the eye.”
He urged protesters, however, not to obstruct traffic and not to endanger their health.
“This is not an act of violence,” Arinc said. “We cannot condemn it.”
And when thousands follow suit in next few days across the nation? They under estimate the power of silent vigils to turn society around! Good on you all!