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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Tarkan's Memorial Tweet

Tarkan has posted a tweet to show he has not forgotten the casualties of Gezi Park, in response to the death of another victim of the protests.

Picked up by the major Turkish news wires, the iconic pop singer tweeted and posted via his official presences on major social media networks the names of the people who died in the protests, along with the Turkish word for "eternal" - suggesting that the lives lost will not be forgotten, and will "live on".

The image tweeted by Tarkan shows the eight names written in white lettering against a dark background, looped in a sideways figure eight or lemniscate - the symbol used to denote infinity.

The infinity symbol (∞) with its mathematical meaning is believed to have been introduced in 1655, and has been conjectured to be a variant form of a Roman numeral for a thousand, which was sometimes used to mean "many", or of the Greek letter omega (ω), the last letter in the Greek alphabet.

Tarkan tweeted the picture in response to the death of Berkin Elvan, who passed away on 11 March. Elvan was a 15-year-old boy who was hit on the head by a tear-gas canister fired by a police officer in Istanbul, while out to buy bread for his family during the June 2013 anti-government protests. He had been in a comatose state for 269 days.

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