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Contested Republican Monument during student demonstration 1933

Contested Republican Monument during student demonstration 1933, © Yapı Kredi bankenlarge



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Object:Contested Republican Monument during student demonstration 1933
Description:Young male demonstrators have climbed the Republic Monument on Taksim Square and are swinging banners. Around them on the square, more protesters are shouting and waving banners and flags. From the left, mounted police officers enter the frame, brandishing sabres.
Comment:The atmosphere on the picture is very agitated. It was taken during the so-called ‘Wagon-Lits incident’ (vagon-li olayı) on 25 February 1933. This first large-scale student protest of the 1930s was sparked when newspapers reported that an employee called Naci Bey had been fined and dismissed from work for speaking Turkish (and not French) on the telephone during business hours.
Location:Istanbul, Taksim
Country:Turkey (contemporary)
Turkey (historical)
Type:Photographic negative
Creator:Görgüç, Namık or Giz, Selahattin
Keywords:570 Interpersonal Relations > 579 Brawls, Riots and Banditry
620 Community > 625 Police
660 Political Behavior > 668 Political Movements
700 Armed Forces
200 Communication > 208 Public Opinion
180 Total Culture > 186 Cultural Identity and Pride
Bibliography:Vagon Li şirketinde Çirkin bir hadise. Cumhuriyet, 24 February 1933, 2.
Copyright:Yapı Kredi bank
Archive:Yapı Kredi tarih arşivi, Istanbul (Collection Selahattin Giz), Inv. No.: 3/0182C
Editors:Joël László, Nataša Mišković