Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

6000 fans of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the Turkish Republics founder, gather to form a giant Ataturk portrait at Ataturk's mausoleum during the week of Turkish Victory Day (30 August), in Ankara, on 26 August, 2014.

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Six thousand fans of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the Turkish Republics founder, gather to form a giant Ataturk portrait at Ataturk’s mausoleum during the week of Turkish Victory Day, in Ankara, on Tuesday

People take photographs and others read anti-government graffiti painted on the ground in front of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk's statue, founder of Turkey, at the Taksim square in Istanbul, Thursday, June 6, 2013. The reasons behind Turkey’s eight day of protests are serious enough. But demonstrators have also reacted with humor, particularly on social media sites, often lampooning the prime minister and poking fun at his comments

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People take photographs while others read anti-government graffiti on the ground in front of the statue of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey, at Taksim Square in Istanbul, the site of anti-government protests. Many of the demonstrators have reacted with humour, particularly on social media sites, often lampooning the prime minister and poking fun at his comments