Photos of the clash between the Turkish government and the country’s people have been trickling down from many sources. Even as news outlets are accused of remaining purposely ignorant of the matter, professional and amateur photographers alike have taken to Facebook and other social media sites to spread the word and show the world what is happening.
But one of those images — one depicting a “lady in red” non-threateningly holding her ground as she gets blasted with pepper spray by a police officer — has become more than a mere photo, rising to the status of “symbol.”
The actual “Lady in Red” from the photo is Ceyda Sungur, a research assistant at Istanbul Technical University who had no idea that this photo of her would have such a widespread impact. On May 28th, she simply joined what began as a peaceful protest against government plans to turn Istanbul’s Gezi Park into a shopping center.