Graffiti as the voice of Turkish protest

Many of the images from the riots in Turkey have featured protesters clashing with police, clouds of tear gas and bright flames, but on the edge of many of these images are snippits of graffiti. For many of the protesters, this has become a powerful form of communication for the world to better understand their plight. The Facebook page Occupy Turkey Graffiti has collected together many of these images.

Turkey protest graffiti

Translation: "Just in pepper," a pop-culture jab at the use of pepper spray by police. From the Occupy Turkey Graffiti Facebook page.

Turkey protest graffiti

A reference to the popular HBO show Game of Thrones. From Occupy Turkey Graffiti on Facebook.

Turkey protest graffiti

When Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed the rioting happening in his country, he used the term "çapulcu" to describe protesters, which roughly translates into "looters." Since then, many members of the #occupygezi movement have adopted the term as a sort of identity, with the phrase "Everyday I'm çapuling" showing up everywhere. The phrase is a reference to a line from LMFAO's 'Party Rock Anthem' which is actually, "Everyday I'm shuffuling."

Turkey protest graffiti

At the outset of the protests, CNN's Turkish television outlet CNNTurk came under criticism for showing a documentary about penguins instead of covering the riots and protests. As a result, penguins have begun appearing as a symbol of the protests. Translation: "Antarctica Resisting." From Occupy Turkey Graffiti on Facebook.

Turkey protest graffiti

Translation: "You've angered the youth that beat up cops in GTA!" referencing the violence against police in the game Grand Theft Auto.

Turkey protest graffiti

Translation: "We now have six stars. Tanks are coming." The reference is to the game Grand Theft Auto, when the player attracts enough attention from police and reaches the maximum wanted level, resulting in the army and tanks being sent out for their arrest. Unknown source.

Turkey protest graffiti

From Occupy Turkey Graffiti on Facebook.

Turkey protest graffiti

Rough translation: "I asked and the Lord said #occupygezi." From Occupy Turkey Graffiti on Facebook.

Turkey protest graffiti

From the Occupy Turkey Graffiti Facebook page.

Turkey protest graffiti

A reference to The Dark Knight. From the Occupy Turkey Graffiti Facebook page.

Turkey protest graffiti

From the Occupy Turkey Graffiti Facebook page.

Turkey protest graffiti

#OccupyDezi is the English-language hashtag supporters of the Turkish protesters have been using on Twitter. From Occupy Turkey Graffiti on Facebook.

Turkey protest graffiti

From the Occupy Turkey Graffiti Facebook page.

Turkey protest graffiti

From Occupy Turkey Graffiti on Facebook.