Tehran, YJC.-- A man stood still in Istanbul's Taksim Square: silent, staring straight ahead, he had not moved for hours.
His peaceful action, on the square that police cleared of protesters on Saturday and where the Turkish authorities have banned gatherings, was a new form of protest.
He arrived Monday evening as night was falling and took up position in the middle of the square, just a stone's throw from Gezi Park.
Five hours on, the man was still there, hands in his pockets, a bag and some bottles of water at his feet.
He was staring at a portrait of the revered founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk that hangs from the top of the old cultural centre. Ataturk who established Turkey as a secular state.
It is said that many young people are joining him.