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Horrifying image of ‘woman in red’ being doused with pepper spray becomes symbol of Turkish protests

Published: June 5, 2013
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Source: UK Daily Mail

In her red cotton summer dress and necklace, white bag slung over her shoulder, she might have been floating across the lawn at a garden party.

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But behind her crouches a masked policeman firing noxious tear gas spray that sends her curly hair billowing upwards.

Endlessly shared on social media and recreated as artwork on posters and stickers, the image of the woman in red has become the leitmotif for female protesters during days of violent anti-government riots in Istanbul.

It has thrust Turkish academic Ceyda Sungar into the limelight but she says her experience is typical of people in her country who fight for their rights.

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