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17 April 2014, Thursday
 
 
Today's Zaman
 
 
 
 

‘Standing man’ allegedly protested headscarf ban at universities

ERDEM GÜNDÜZ (R) PROTESTED A BAN PREVENTING HEADSCARVED STUDENTS FROM ENTERING UNIVERSITIES BY ATTENDING A CLASS WITH A HEADSCARF. (PHOTO COURTESY OF ALPER ALPÖZGEN)
19 June 2013, Wednesday /TODAYSZAMAN.COM, İSTANBUL
Erdem Gündüz, a performance artist swiftly dubbed the "standing man" on social media in Turkey after he staged an eight-hour silent vigil in Taksim Square on Monday in support of the ongoing Gezi protests, allegedly also protested the headcarved ban at universities by entering a university wearing a headscarf in 2004.

Facing the Atatürk Cultural Center, which was draped in Turkish flags and a portrait of Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Gündüz stood silently for eight hours on Monday, inspiring similar protests elsewhere in İstanbul as well as other provinces across the country.

Turkey has been rocked by demonstrations that began in and around Taksim Square after police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse crowds protesting a government plan to redevelop the Gezi Park in Taksim.

A friend of Gündüz said in a post on Facebook that, years ago, Gündüz had also protested a ban preventing headscarved students from entering universities by attending a class with a headscarf.

On the other hand, Ayşe Hür, former Taraf writer said on Twitter that Gündüz wore headscarf as part of a project in an art course at the university. The act indeed was not a protest but a performance as part of a project, she said, relying on a claim by a friend of Gündüz.

Until 2010, headscarved students were not admitted to lectures at universities due to the headscarf ban. The ban was eliminated after the Higher Education Board (YÖK) sent a circular to universities on the issue. However, there are still some university students who face problems when wearing a headscarf because some universities and professors insist on retaining the ban.

 
 
COMMENTS
Well, supporting all the parks in Turkey, demonstrating to gain the right for headscarved women to enter the university is part of democracy.
hasan
He denied protesting and said it was for some sort of role for an event.
yavuz
Everywhere in the world when there is a context the step which the state should take is to offer a referendum. The Gov offered the referendum. Now we have the choice to chose YES or NO. This is the right path, the right decision and noone should blame anymore the Gov.
Hajrudin
Cüneyt Arkin is the real standing man... check other news...this guy is a copy/paste.
zynell
Headscarfs, especially the detestable Islamic burqas, when worn to reflect religious dictate are degrading not only to women but also to any secular society. As human beings, we should communicate with each other with no apparent emphasis on religious beliefs. On the other hand, national costumes wo...
VictorW
Aren't they wonderful, those that stand, quietly, with dignity and courage, against the montrosities of the AKP goverment. The beauty is, whatever their suffering, those that stand win. With every one,Erdoğan is further disgraced.
Rudolphus
There is no good reason for banning a student from wearing a headscarf. This is wrong and illustrates the whole stupidity and bone-headiness of Turkish politics. If a girl wants to wear headscarf, it is her right. If an adult wants to buy a beer at 10.05pm it is his or her right. It is a womans cho...
Biran
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