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Turkey Protesters Beat Ellen DeGeneres' Oscars Selfie, Under Arrest And In The Back Of A Police Van

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Turkish protesters found a unique way to keep their spirits high when they were arrested and bundled into the back of a police van – recreating Ellen DeGeneres' Oscars selfie.

The incredible image, posted on Twitter by Ali Emre Mazlumoğlu, has gone viral after being picked up as a symbol of the defiance of the demonstrators protesting against Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Sorry Ellen, your snap has been topped.

Police and protesters clashed on the streets of Istanbul this week, as tensions escalated over the funeral of a 15-year-old boy who died when he was struck on the head by a tear gas canister fired by police in June 2013.

Berkin Elvan died on Tuesday after 269 days in a coma caused by a tear-gas canister fired by police during anti-government protests last year.

His death has sparked renewed anger at the government at a time when the Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is already facing pressure over allegations of corruption.

But many protesters have continued to show their resilience online:

Berkin Elvan Protests Ankara Turkey
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