The Revolt of the Books in Istanbul's Taksim Square
Reading books has become one of the main expressions of dissent in Turkey following the police clampdown on more active forms of protest against the increasingly autocratic government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The Taksim Square Book Club, which convenes demonstrators in Istanbul’s Taksim Square to publicly and silently read together, is generating some of the most iconic images of the continuing (passive) resistance, here courtesy of George Henton and Al-Jazeera.
A favorite title at the Book Club is George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four,” including the Penguin edition with the title erased . . .