Horon

Horon

A young Roma girl sells water bottles and watches as men dance an early morning horon, a traditional Anatolian circle dance in Taksim Square.

As an American, an element that made the mass protests in Taksim Square so interesting was the level of enjoyment people got between the breaks of struggling with police tear gas and water cannon attacks. The young men here traditional circle dances that are used in celebrations thoughout Anatolia, the Caucauses, Bulgaria and the Middle East. These dances are familiar with young and old even in modernized cities like Istanbul or Ankara.

At night, while people filled Gezi Park with their tents and sleeping bags, men take out Turkish instruments and begin to play songs. Three singing turns to a dozen singing turns to 6 dozen or more singing. Turkish youth can defiantly sing their folk songs at a moment’s prompting.

Typical Makeshift Barricade

Typical Makeshift Barricade

This is an example of the typical makeshift barricades one could find surrounding Taksim Square. This specific road leads down away from the Square to Gumushuyu and Besiktash Stadium. There were approximately 5 more barricades on this street. Within days of this photograph being taken, the police would storm the Square, using this as one route.