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.
Selfie dediğin polis otosunda gözaltındayken çekilir (7 Mart) pic.twitter.com/oc5Lit3Z1z
— Ali Emre Mazlumoğlu (@AEMazlumoglu) March 10, 2014
Sorry Ellen, your snap has been topped.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 3, 2014
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:
selfie çevik..gördüğüm en iyi selfie.. gülerek kazanacağız haberiniz olsun.. pic.twitter.com/zA0vQ6W8Fm
— efe ışıldaksoy (@rastarules) March 12, 2014
— Leon Hill (@rockpublicity) March 12, 2014
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