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  •  The key (12+ / 0-)

    Is to have them all standing facing in the same direction doing nothing else. Those who are reading or consulting their smart phones detract. Those photos that show all the protestors facing the same way and doing nothing else are the most powerful.

    There are several extremely powerful theme to this protest.

    Silence is an almost universal sign of loss. We hold a minute's silence to remember dreadful tragedies. The loss of democracy and freedom are being mourned here so well.

    Silence is the accused's most powerful tool. The rule is NEVER talk to the police. You have a right to REMAIN SILENT. This especially applies when you are being unjustly accused.

    The alignment is also very powerful. I would guess that part of the reason here is that it mirrors Muslim prayers where everyone aligns themselves with Mecca.

    It also says, "we are aligned with each other, we are all facing, and going, the same way". If they can come to an agreement about a direction, say towards Taksim square, then anyone, anywhere, at any time can join the protest simply by stopping and facing the square. I'm sure there will be an app for that.

    The final one is stillness. We live in a world where motion is the base condition of everything. Those who stop, stand out. Those who stop together, REALLY stand out.

    Bless them all. If only more of us would wake up to what is happening. And just stop and stand still for a few minutes every day.

    Until inauguration day The USA is in the greatest danger it has ever experienced.

    by Deep Dark on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 12:37:06 PM PDT

    •  Yes. Silence and stillness are signs of power. (6+ / 0-)

      The police never look so weak as when attacking the peaceful. The elites talk too much and say so little.

      Courage is contagious. - Daniel Ellsberg

      by semiot on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 01:17:27 PM PDT

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    •  I strongly doubt that that is a reason behind (2+ / 0-)
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      their stand...very strongly doubt. They are in no mood for "prayers" or "Mecca" at this moment. That is my take. These people are standing against theocracy. They are for privacy, human rights, equality, justice. They respect religion and might have faith in one form or another but their religion(s) or non religion matters not. They want secular democracy where religion and state are separate.

      This is no "standing towards Mecca" act. Lets not get confused here,

      Period.

      I respectfully disagree with your observation:  

      would guess that part of the reason here is that it mirrors Muslim prayers where everyone aligns themselves with Mecca.

      "Corruptio Optimi Pessima" (Corruption of the best is the worst)

      by zenox on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 02:18:30 PM PDT

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      •  We can disagree (0+ / 0-)

        but I think you miss my point.

        It mirrors daily prayer but it is NOT daily prayer. The point about mirrors is that they both reflect the eworld and reverse it.

        The reversal here is that it is secular, it is being done standing not kneeling, it is a statement of personal and collective power, not of submission.

        Its power comes from co-opting something that is very strong in Turkish life and subverting it, giving it new and unexpected meaning, .

        I completely agree that they are not in the mood for Mecca or prayers, but then, that is not what I said or meant.

        Until inauguration day The USA is in the greatest danger it has ever experienced.

        by Deep Dark on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 01:08:28 PM PDT

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