With the United Capitol Building, symbolic of secular independence standing as a beacon in the background, a crowd of approximately one thousand Turks, Turkish Americans and Turkophiles walked in solidarity with the young protestors occupying Gezi Park in Istanbul. Posters and banners proclaiming, Tayyip out, Democracy in, Tayyip pull off your dogs, and Preserve the Secular Republic of Turkey, can be seen in the hands of the marchers. Despite the wide range of ages, including children in strollers and an elderly woman in a wheelchair, the mood among the marchers was not one of festivity, but rather of discharging a somber and sobering moral obligation. Meanwhile, with many drivers honking their horns to show their support, and hundreds of bystanders snapping pictures, the message will hopefully be heard by President Obama and the Members of Congress.
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emka (91460) 2013-06-22 9:44
Hi Bulent, I have seen already this interesting series on FB. Here you present it in the new format. It looks fantastic. The Turkish flags are so eye catching, also the people are colourful. Superb quality. But it is a pity that the occasion is sad. Lets hope this help Turkey. I imagine how worried you are about the recent situation.
PaulVDV (26584) 2013-06-22 11:07
A beautiful documentary image and important testimony of this solidarity action and a good contribution to continue to draw attention to the problem of the violence that demonstrators in Turkey experience when they express their displeasure in a peaceful manner.
Best regards, Paul
holmertz (48838) 2013-06-22 11:49
The Turkish flag will brighten any picture it's in, and Turks know how to display it well. Combined with the white US Capitol building it gets a new significance.
The events in Turkey during the last few weeks have been very sad and upsetting, but I think some people tend to ignore the developments of the last eleven years. The AKP government has not made Turkey look like Iran, in fact Turkish democracy has increased step by step, far beyond what the CHP/ANAP/DYP/DSP/MHP etc governments had achieved - or even tried to achieve. The army has been pushed back to their barracks, important steps have been taken towards a solution to the Kurdish problem, the economic growth has been unprecedented. Then all of a sudden Erdogan acts like a fool and almost spoils everything in a few weeks. It's just incredible. But those who call this government fascists and dictators should keep modern Turkish history in mind.
Thanks for the photo anyway :-).
bona (13711) 2013-06-22 12:20
great documentary photo. I like red detail of the Turkey flags. Here in Brazil protestors are making manifestation during all week, against politicians corrupion.
I hope the yong protestors of Turkey can keep the republican regime.
Graal (101674) 2013-06-22 22:47
interesting reportage from USA. This is how the echo of events from Istanbul. Well note and photo-work.
Have a nice day.
Noel_Byrne (29093) 2013-06-23 4:05
Wonderful documentary shot, and a nice combination of the protest of the people in front of a building that for so many is an ultimate symbol of democracy. Like everybody else, I watch the events on the news, and I hope everything workout for the benefit of the people.
Best wishes from Ireland.
jhm (148626) 2013-06-23 5:17
Everyday see we very sad images from Turkey, a country in move, I hope that everything comes as the democracy would have to, but I don't know what with nice country will happen.
It leadership of Turkey is very hard, and do not bend for protesters.
Your picture is attractive, made with high quality.
Colours and sharpness be superb
Excellent composition, nice presentation, very well done, TFS.
Have a nice Sunday,
limielski (0) 2013-06-23 7:13
I come back :-)
One of not numerous shots, here - but very needed. It great document showing a solidarity with Turkish people living in Turkey. Looking at this picture I think and I'm sure the democracy will win!
Have a nice Sunday,
rigoletto (34279) 2013-06-23 9:03
merhaba dear professor,
in these days, after 3 weeks from the ignition, it is good to keep the subject warm, so that it is still remembered (as people tend to forget so quickly). a nice documentary to show the global support from people all over the world, which has been quite useful to initiate international recognition of a rightful protest.
papagolf21 (95373) 2013-06-23 13:58
Bonsoir, cher ami Bulent,
Le monde est en pleine mutation. L'informatique, internet, tout a bouleversé les informations, les communications...
Le monde bouge, nous vivons une nouvelle ère. Espérons que tout cela débouche sur un mieux vivre ensemble.
Très bonne image.
Urs (14082) 2013-06-23 20:33
Yeah Turkey is in turmoil, and the silent majority hits the street, what very seldom happens. Even in Washington they were marching, the young Turks, what is a bit of a surprise. It has happened in the past, also the Thais marched in Washington in solidarity the bring Thai PM Thaksin down, but still he pulls the strings from abroad. Let's hope that this time the Turkish protester will achieve their goal ... Good documentary shot
Didi (60346) 2013-06-24 9:09
Hi My friend
Interesting subject about your origin country
Good notes description
There will be same for Egypt on the 30th of june in Paris
kordinator (20453) 2013-06-24 15:59
Nice to see dynamic in this street life and daily life scene.
Fantastic architecture of the United Capitol Building.
Sonata11 (33737) 2013-06-24 18:14
magnificent capture of this amazing moment. I like your pov and it has very good dof with fabulous. I hope the people will win. Perfectly well done like always, tfs.
mcmtanyel (19603) 2013-06-25 13:47
Selamlar Bülent Bey,
The colors are very nice and the DOF is very good. Nice composition in general. I am not sure if it is my over-suspicious eyes or if the Capitol is tilting to the left a bit.
I was very much with the çapulcular at the beginning. The direction that the current government of Turkey is headed is opposite the direction that Atatürk set out for the country. However, I am afraid the movement is going to be exploited by extremists on either side. I wish the secularists in Turkey had a competent leader.
Royaldevon (36063) 2013-06-25 13:50
A crisp capture of this protest march. It is so well composed, viewers seeming to follow the marchers, but with United Capital Building firmly placed as the objective in the b/g.
The bright colours do seem to give this march a little more festivity than is intended.
My warm regards,
pedram_abazari (971) 2013-06-28 10:36
Hello dear friend
This is an interesting picture of the Turkish people in front of the White House in Washington. I love it. Luck
serp2000 (43084) 2013-06-29 9:29
Hello, Bulent, merhaba,
This is very actual report. I have watch TV news and all my emotions with these people on the Turkish streets.
I think we will see some changes in Turkey, Egypt (and I hope in Russia) too.
Best wishes from Ural, Russia!
nikkitta (17066) 2013-07-08 14:30
An interesting capture of what seems to me photojournalism, people manifesting, asking Obama to take an interest in Turkey
Well done to keep alive the interest in this not solved problem
Did you saw my mail and photo?
photoray (13725) 2013-07-10 13:43
Good photo journalism and image detailing the demonstrators marching towards the capitol.
So many people around our earth need support and everyone's support in the march and fights for Freedom.
mirosu (15972) 2013-07-17 6:48
Somehow I lost you in Trekearth space. After searching I found your latest photo. Excellent capture of very actual situation. I was also following the development in Istanbul. I was worried about further escalation, but fortunately it ended without major problems. Hope that the Government of Turkey will find the right way. Greetings,
delpeoples (56722) 2013-08-16 5:42
Merhaba dear Bulent
I was unaware that there are so many Turks in the US. But like Australia, of course it would be a cultural melting pot and so this makes sense. You present us with an excellent reportage photo, most timely given the demonstrations and protests in Turkey itself that have been dominating the news. A dynamic, colourful and well-composed shot. Thanks for your note too.
ChrisJ (109360) 2013-09-07 3:21
The reaction of the Turkish government in arresting doctors and lawyers assisting injured and arrested protesters in Turkey, is decidely Fascist, and has no place in modern Turkey. So I can understand the motivation here for expats from Turkey to protest. I saw similar scenes in Trabzon mid June but left Attaturk Square promptly when I noticed about 30 grey and blue uniformed police moving in. Nothing happened but I didn't take any chances. Tfs!
cak (4923) 2013-10-13 9:55
BEYAZ saray yakınında çapulculuk daha bir kolay gibi tespitinize göre. selamlar
pierrefonds (63246) 2014-03-01 15:25
The presence of the people is adding life to the scene. You have caught the action of the crowd. The good luminosity has a good effect on the colours. Have a nice day.
- Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) (37811)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-06-16
- Categories: Architecture, Event, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon Coolpix S9300
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
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- Date Submitted: 2013-06-22 9:39
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