This is the cultural difference and divide between Turkish and Arabs in general, and Egyptians in particular.. The Turkish Women in-Red is revealed within few days; while the Egyptian Woman in-Blue stills unknown thorough three years.. Lots you may read within these two lines..!!
By Daily Mail Reporter
8 June 2013
This is Ceyda Sungar, 'The Woman in Red' who became the symbol of Turkish protests after she was tear-gassed by police
This is the first picture of the Turkish academic since she became the unwitting icon of the country's mass protests after she was pictured being sprayed with tear gas.
Dubbed 'The Woman in Red' because she was wearing an elegant red dress when she was gassed, Ceyda Sungar has said she is uncomfortable with her fame and has no desire to be a figurehead of the movement.
'There are a lot of people who were at the park and they were also tear-gassed,' she told Turkey's TV24. 'There is no difference between them and I.'
Nevertheless, pictures have reverberated around the world of Miss Sungar, an academic in city planning at Istanbul Technical University, turning away from massed riot police as one officer sprays tear gas at her face.
Endlessly shared on social media and recreated as artwork on posters and stickers, the image - dubbed 'The Woman in Red' - has become the leitmotif for female protesters at recent violent anti-government riots in Istanbul.
But the academic, who is part of the Taksim Solidarity Platform protesting against the redevelopment of the park, has shied away from media attention.
She is believed to be uncomfortable with her position as the focal point of the movement - although her image alone has become a galvanising force for fellow protesters.
In the early hours of this morning thousands of protesters were digging in for a fresh weekend of demonstrations Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's demand for an immediate end to the worst political unrest of his decade in power.
Iconic: Ceyda Sungar turns her head as a policeman showers her in pepper spray at close range
In central Istanbul's Taksim Square, where riot police backed by helicopters and armoured vehicles clashed with protesters a week ago, activists spent the night in a makeshift protest camp.
They slept in tents and vandalised buses, or wrapped themselves in blankets under the shelter of plane trees.
What began as a campaign against the redevelopment of Gezi Park in a corner of Taksim Square spiralled into an massive display of public rage over the perceived authoritarianism of Mr Erdogan and his Islamist-rooted AK Party.
Police firing tear gas and water cannon have clashed with groups of protesters night after night in Istanbul, Ankara and other cities across the country for much of the past week, leaving three dead and some 4,000 injured.
Mr Erdogan yesterday demanded an immediate end to the protests, saying they were founded on a 'campaign of lies.'
He has branded the demonstrators as looters and has said the protests are being manipulated by 'terrorist' groups.
There are rumours that among the liberal protesters there are far-Right nationalists who seek a return to the kind of militant secularism that saw Turkish politics dominated in the 20th century by a string of military dictatorships.
Mr Erdogan gave no indication of any immediate plans to remove the tent villages that have appeared in Taksim and a park in the capital, Ankara.
But the gatherings mark a challenge to a leader whose authority is built on three successive election victories.
'Let them attack, they can't stop us,' shouted a member of the Turkish Communist Party, shouting through loudspeakers to a cheering crowd from on top of a white van in Taksim Square.
'The AK Party will go. This will be the end.'
The protesters have built barricades of paving stones and corrugated iron on access roads to Taksim to try to protect themselves against a potential police assault. But their actions have brought gridlock to part of central Istanbul and it is unclear how long the authorities will tolerate their presence.
The square is lined by luxury hotels that should be doing a roaring trade as the summer season starts in one of the world's most-visited cities. But a forced eviction could trigger a repeat of the clashes seen earlier in the week.
During his decade in power, Mr Erdogan has enacted many democratic reforms, taming a military that toppled four governments in four decades, starting entry talks with the European Union, reining in rights abuses by police and forging peace talks with Kurdish rebels to end a three-decade-old war that has cost 40,000 lives.