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June 4th, 2013
07:04 PM ET

Protester becomes icon of Turkish uprising

The image of a woman dressed in a red dress being hit with tear gas by Turkish police has become the icon of the Turkish peoples' uprising against their government.

Very little is known about her. But the innocence of her standing in that red dress, carrying a bag, appearing to be of no threat to the police, has come to epitomize the heavy handed tactic of the Turkish police.

Very young protesters have gathered to express their discontent in Turkey over the last several days, and as soon as they get in a large group, the police have thrown tear gas at them, incapacitating many.

Tuesday has been a relatively calm day. The police appear to have been given orders not to use tear gas in the same relentless fashion as they have in the recent past.

The anger fueled by the tactics employed by the police have helped fuel the protests, which began over a zoning controversy - locals did not want to see their city park razed to build a shopping mall. It has since erupted into a greater discontent about the erosion of Turkish peoples' rights.

CNN's Nick Paton Walsh's reports more from Ankara in the video above.

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