Media-Savvy Turkish Protesters Take Out Full-Page Ad in NYT, Recreate ‘Ellen Selfie’ After Arrest

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An organization of Turkish protesters called Occupy Gezi recently placed this full-page ad in The New York Times to commemorate the death of Berkin Elvan, a 15-year-old boy who died after a blow to the head from a teargas cannister set off by Turkish police.

The Indiegogo campaign has already raised money beyond the cost of the ad, which reads: “Those responsible do not have a conscience. Use yours.” The organization funded a similar ad in the Times last June, urging readers to stand in solidarity with the protesters.

Last week, after police arrested a group of fourteen protestors, the group captured the moment with an “Ellen Selfie” of their own — taken from the back of a cramped police van. The photo recreated Ellen DeGeneres’ Oscars selfie, the most retweeted tweet in history. So far the protestors have more than 5,000 retweets.

Ryot News gathered Instagram photos posted by protestors using the hashtag #occupygezi to demonstrate what was happening on the ground during last year’s protests in Istanbul.

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