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Turkey: The Faces of Chapulling

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Musicians, artists, doctors, students, activists, environmentalists, and more joined the anti-government protests in Istanbul.

It’s been a month since the Gezi Park movement got started in Turkey, and over that short timeframe a new political generation has come of age. These politically awakened Turks have been dubbed the “Chapulling” generation. In this photo essay, photographer Francesco Pistilli strives to personify the movement.

After a handful of environmentalists mounted a protest in late May to protect one of Istanbul’s precious few green spaces, the Gezi Park movement went supernova after police used massive and disproportionate force in an unsuccessful attempt to break up the demonstration. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan then provided the superglue that bound disparate social elements together through his loud and repeated denunciations of the protestors as a bunch of “ayyas” (alcoholics), çapulcu (looters) and even terrorists.

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Francesco Pistilli is a freelance photographer focusing on political content and environmental issues.

Turkey: The Faces of Chapulling

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