Photo Gallery The 'Standing Man' of Taksim Square With his silent demonstration, Erdem Gündüz became the face of the protest movement against the Turkish government. But since then, demonstrators have achieved little and the fight must go on, he says. 05.09.2013, 12.56 Uhr Link kopieren E-Mail Messenger WhatsApp Link kopieren 1 / 10 With his silent demonstration, Erdem Gündüz, pictured here, became the face of the protest movement against the Turkish government. But since then, demonstrators have achieved little and the fight must go on, he says. Foto: Hasnain Kazim 2 / 10 Here he is at Istanbul's Taksim Square on June 17, the day Ankara issued a ban on public protest. That's when Gündüz decided he would find his own manner of demonstration. "I drove to Taksim Square around 6 p.m. and stood there," he says. At first, hardly anyone noticed him. After 15 minutes, the first people began taking photos. And then word of his silent protest, which lasted for some 8 hours, began making the rounds on Twitter. Hundreds of people joined him. Foto: MARKO DJURICA/ REUTERS 3 / 10 Since then, many have copied this form of silent protest against the authoritarian government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has cracked down on the movement. Foto: MARCO LONGARI/ AFP 4 / 10 Here, another man imitates Gündüz' protest on June 18. Gündüz has become an icon of peaceful resistance movement in Turkey. "I'm not the type to talk about politics," he says. "I'm an artist. I prefer to talk about dance." But he also wants to achieve something with his art, and he has managed that with the protest. He is now known as "duran adam," the standing man. Foto: MARCO LONGARI/ AFP 5 / 10 Security forces were initially confused by the silent people at Taksim Square. There weren't sure whether they were dealing with a protest or not. Foto: MARCO LONGARI/ AFP 6 / 10 This man also imitated Gündüz's protest in the early hours of June 18. Foto: MARCO LONGARI/ AFP 7 / 10 The form of silent protest itself has come to be known as "the standing man" in Turkey. Foto: Sedat Suna/ dpa 8 / 10 It also inspired modified forms of imitation. This woman photographed on June 18 chose to stand blindfolded while holding Franz Kafka's "The Metamorphoses." Foto: Sedat Suna/ dpa 9 / 10 On Twitter, word of Gündüz' protest spread quickly under the hashtag #duranadam, which means "standing man." "Someone is still standing," read this Tweet, which included an image of him in Taksim Square. 10 / 10 In reference to the "Keep Calm and Carry On" poster craze, someone created this image of the "Duran Adam."