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06/05/2013

Turkey's 'woman in red' an icon of the protest

Long an anchor of stability in a volatile region, Turkey has been rocked by protests over the past week, causing no end of worry among its neighbours in the region, as the Star's Olivia Ward writes

These images, taken by Osman Orsal for Reuters, of a woman in a red dress being pepper-sprayed during protests in Taksim Square have become a symbol for the demonstrations.

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A Turkish riot policeman prepares to use tear gas on the woman in red as people protest against the destruction of trees in a park  in Taksim Square in Istanbul on May 28, 2013. (Osman Orsal/Reuters)

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In 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.

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Endlessly shared on social media and replicated as a cartoon on posters and stickers, the image of the woman in red has become a symbol for female protesters.

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