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Protesters on Taksim Square

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Object:Protesters on Taksim Square
Description:A large crowd of mainly young men has gathered for a protest on Taksim Square watched by spectators assembled on rooftops and walls. In the centre of the image, a box waggon has been seized by protesters and police officers. A boy is about to climb onto the engine bonnet. An officer is holding him back. On the lower margin, a mounted police officer with a drawn sabre glances in the direction of İstiklal Caddesi.
Comment:The picture was taken during the so-called ‘Wagon-Lits incident’ 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.: 12/0695A
Editors:Joël László, Nataša Mišković