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Turkey's 'standing man' silent protest spreads

18 June 2013 Last updated at 23:18 BST

A silent, standing protest by performance artist Erdem Gunduz has been taken up by hundreds of anti-government demonstrators and spread to several Turkish cities.

Mr Gunduz appeared in Istanbul's Taksim Square at around 18:00 (15:00 GMT) on Monday and remained there until 02:00 when police moved in.

His protest quickly captured the imagination of the protest movement. The hash tag "duranadam" ("standing man") dominated Turkish-language Twitter on Tuesday morning.

Hundreds of people in Istanbul and Ankara took up the protest on Tuesday.