A re-version of 'Keep Calm and Carry On' on display at a Turkish run grocery in Kentish Town this morning.
With violence in Turkey's two main cities, Taksim Square in Istanbul has become the focus of protests against building on a city park, and against the allegedly heavy handed police crackdown on the initial demonstrations.
The NW5 shop owner was pleased that I was taking this photo - not always the response when I whip out my iphone - and even more delighted when I said the photo would be posted on my website.
'Thank you', he beamed, and shook my hand. 'We are very worried. There are three dead already in police terrorism in Istanbul.' The news reports don't fully bear out that casualty figure, but Turkey is seeing worse street violence than for a long time - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-22740282.
If you are wondering what ACAB stands for, so am I - a Google search suggests that it may be that well known acronym 'All Coppers are Bastards' (not that I endorse that sentiment), certainly it seems more likely than an alternative offered, 'Always Carry a Bible'.
'Direngeziparki' comes out in Google Translate, not entirely satisfactorily, as 'Other Park Resistance'. If you put it in Twitter with a hash tag, you will be part of a very lively social media conversation.
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