Turkey: Bikini clad rapper causes Taksim Square outcry

A young lady, Mine Dost, began dancing and rapping in her bikini in the middle of Taksim Square on Thursday. Dost is one of the protesters who has been standing in silence for the last four days, as part of a new wave of silent protests that have spread nationwide.

Dost is a half German, half Turkish doctor who was chanting a rap song in the square that called 60 percent of Turkish people psychopaths. Other lines in her rap included, "First you should trust us and you have to pass this trust to your children."

In retaliation to the rappers lyrics a woman wearing a hijab addressed Dost and the crowd asking, "You call me conservative? I am not Kemalist, huh?? Shame on you... I am not a Kemalist because I'm wearing like this?"

The performance received a mixed reaction, some supported Dost whilst others stood behind the woman in the hijab.

The silent 'standing man' protests was inspired by Turkish artist Erdem Gunduz, who stood still for hours in one spot in an act of silent protest against the Turkish government, hundreds of other Turkish people have followed suit, including in Ankara, Antalya and Izmir.
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