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Police intervene at student demonstration on Taksim 1933

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Object:Police intervene at student demonstration on Taksim 1933
Description:A large crowd of mainly young men is gathered on Taksim Square. Entering from the lower right corner, mounted police with drawn sabres are clearing the crowd, ousting people carrying banners in the direction of İstiklal Caddesi. A car parked in the middle of the square close to the Republic Monument is parially seen on the left margin. In the background, a corner of Taksim stadı and a series of billboards frame the picture.
Comment:The picture 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.: 12/0694D
Editors:Joël László, Nataša Mišković