The protest group ‘Saturday Mothers’ gather every Saturday at 12:00pm for half an hour forming a silent sit-in demonstration in the Galatasaray district of Istanbul. They ask the fate of relatives who were victims of forced disappearances and political murders between the 1980’s and 1990’s. In memory they hold a portrait in one hand and a red carnation in the other, demanding justice for their relatives. The banner placed on the floor reads, “Failler belli kayıplar nerede?” which means, “Where are the missing?”
A Syrian girl studying in Birmingham stops to talk about the recent massacre that happened that morning in Homs before continuing her solo protest against the British government for non intervention. On Saturday 4th February 2012 more than 260 people were reported to have been killed as a result of Syrian government troops bombing the protest hub. Since the conflict began in March 2011 it is estimated at least 93,000 people have been killed. (1)
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The image was shortlisted for the Coventry Open 2012 at the Herbert Gallery, Coventry. It got mentioned in the Coventry Telegraph: