Is this the Turkish Revolution? Probably not. But the demonstrators at Gezi Park in Istanbul had a French Revolution moment when they sang a powerful rendition of the song ‘Do You Hear The People Sing’ from Broadway musical and 2012 movie ‘Les Miserables’.
The Occupy Gezi protesters staged a performance of the musical and performed on the well-orchestrated song at the end. A video clip was later uploaded on YouTube. It was aptly chosen by the demonstrators as the song was sung by French revolutionaries who gave up their lives fighting against King Louis-Philippe in 1832.
The lyrics probably best define the Turkish protesters sentiments for Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan who has been constantly issuing warnings to the people occupying the Gezi Park. The protests which began with a peaceful sit-in to save the historical park on May 28 spiraled into an anti-government protest mainly due to police brutality and use of force.
One of the actors, a very famous one for that matter, Russell Crowe who played the character of Javert in Les Miserables movie mentioned the Turkish protesters in a tweet, reportedly after watching the video above:
Sad to hear of the violence in Turkey. Examine yr actions with yr heart & mind ,protestor & policeman alike. Compassion over rules religion.— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) June 13, 2013
The internet has played a very important role in Turkey to amass support from within the country and all around the world. Numerous videos and photos have been posted on different video streaming and micro-blogging sites by the people in Turkey themselves to provide first-hand information to the world because their state-media is not giving proper coverage to the demonstrations.
You can watch the Turkish Les Miserables performance in the video above and tell us what you think about it in the comments section.