Short stories

Standing in government square


In the photo: a snapshot of Standing Man during a protest in Istanbul in 2013 (photo via @zdeai)

Kasia just froze. Arms crossed in front of her chest, head straight up, eyes shut. She had decided to freeze motionless in the middle of Government square about three weeks before; just after, for the first time in years, she found herself amid hundreds of protesters. The news the evening before had reported that one of the Government’s Ministers had awarded the contract for the city’s waste management to a company he indirectly controlled.