Gifts from the Land of Awesome: The Piano Man in Taksim Square

Every respectable protest has its moment when it stops being something ordinary, predictable but rises to meet the occasion of something greater than itself. That night was last night in Taksim Square for the now 15-day old protests over the destruction of Gezi Park adjacent to Taksim Square have expanded into a much larger call for the Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s resignation. That’s because Klavier Kunst, aka Davide Martello, from Italy (or the Land of Awesome) currently residing in Germany, arrived with his piano and played for the crowds of protesters as well as the riot police, the moment captured here.

A protester plays The Beatles' "Let It Be" and the Italian partisan song "Bella Ciao" on the piano to a crowd that includes riot police in Taksim Square the evening after riot police moved to retake the square the night before in Istanbul, Turkey on June 12, 2013.  After 11 days of protest and occupying Gezi Park adjacent to Taksim Square, riot police firmly took control of Taksim Square with street battles on back streets occurring until the early hours of the morning and a few hundred demonstrators continuing to camp out in the adjacent Gezi Park.

A protester plays The Beatles’ “Let It Be” and the Italian partisan song “Bella Ciao” on the piano to a crowd that includes riot police in Taksim Square the evening after riot police moved to retake the square the night before in Istanbul, Turkey on June 12, 2013. After 11 days of protest and occupying Gezi Park adjacent to Taksim Square, riot police firmly took control of Taksim Square with street battles on back streets occurring until the early hours of the morning and a few hundred demonstrators continuing to camp out in the adjacent Gezi Park.



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