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Erdogan unmoved by static protest

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Reuters

Protesters in Istanbul have adopted a new tactic in their battle with Turkey's ruling party.

They stood in silence in Taksim Square on Tuesday.

The silent standing protest was inspired by a lone man whose solitary eight hour stint in the same square has lit up social media websites.

The eerie sight is in stark contrast to the clashes with police witnessed often during three weeks of unrest.

Among the protesters there were differing reasons for taking part.

(SOUNDBITE)(Turkish) GOKSIN NETAS, PROTESTER, SAYING:

"We are not here just to demonstrate. We want to do something by remaining calm. We are not here to criticise a political party or support another one. We just want people to do the right thing and we also want Ataturk (founder of modern Turkey) to be remembered forever."

(SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH PROTESTER, ONER ALBAS, SAYING:

"We don't recognise the ruling AK Party any more. It is obvious, from their statements and the measures

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