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Turkish Woman in Red Teargas

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Turkish Woman in Red Teargas

n her red cotton summer dress, necklace and white bag slung over her shoulder she might have been floating across the lawn at a garden party; but before her crouches a masked policeman firing teargas spray that sends her long hair billowing upwards.
Endlessly shared on social media and replicated as a cartoon on posters and stickers, the image of the "woman in red" has become the leitmotif for female protesters during days of violent anti-government demonstrations in Istanbul.
"That photo encapsulates the essence of this protest," said math student Esra at Besiktas, near the Bosphorus strait and one of the centres of this week's protests. "The violence of the police against peaceful protesters, people just trying to protect themselves and what they value."

Horrifying image of 'woman in red' being sprayed with tear gas becomes symbol of Turkish protests
Photograph of the woman turning from the tear gas has become defining image of Turkey's days of violent protest
Women feel threatened by official promotion of the Islamic headscarf and concerns about women's rights
Many have joined in the street fighting raging in Turkey since Friday

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