In pictures: Turkey’s protesters see the funny side

Photo published on Twitter by AnonNewsSwe.
 
 
Despite being confronted with water cannons and tear gas, it seems Turkey’s anti-government demonstrators haven’t lost their sense of humour. Day after day, they post photos and videos of their offbeat, often humorous forms of protest.
 
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has labelled social media “the worst menace to society”. Protesters, however, have found it to be an invaluable tool for spreading their message, since Turkish media have hardly covered the movement.
 
In this surreal photo that was widely shared on Twitter, lovers strike a pose in front of a street fire.
 
Photo published on Twitter by Birsen Birdir.
 
 
In this one, a joyful accordionist has donned the Guy Fawkes mask, a symbol of the Anonymous movement. The Guy Fawkes mask has proved very popular among Turkish protesters.
 
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Other costumes spotted include Star Wars’ Darth Vader:
 
 
 
And clowns:
 
Photo published on Twitter by AkinUnver. 
 
 
Here, a whirling dervish wears a less-traditional accessory - a gas mask.
 
Photo published on Twitter by Elif Batuman.
 
 
Protesters occupying Gezi park, where the trouble all began, have found creative ways to pass the time, including gardening…
 
Photo published on Twitter by Deniz Toker. 
 
 
…doing yoga…
 
Photo published on Twitter by Stun.
 
 
…starting an open-air library…
 
Photo published on Twitter by Dilsad Kardelen.
 
 
…and an open-air pharmacy, where everything is free for the taking.
 
Photo published on Twitter by Stun.
 
 
Protesters have coined a new verb for what they’re doing: “çapuling.” It is derived from the noun “çapulcu”, or “looters”, which is what the prime minister has been calling them.
 
Photo published on Twitter by Irmak Özinanır.
 
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