ISTANBUL – A Turkish policeman who became infamous almost overnight after he was photographed spraying tear gas into the face of a peaceful protester “Lady in red” in 2013 was found guilty of misconduct by a Turkish court.
The image of the “lady in red”, her hair billowing upwards as officer Fatih Zengin sprayed teargas in her face, was constantly shared on social media and was quite common on posters and stickers at the protests that flooded the whole country.
Fatih Zengin received a suspended 20-month jail sentence. He was ordered to plant 600 trees and look after them for six months as punishment for the incident.
The protester, who became known as the Lady in Red, is Ceyda Sungur, a research assistant at Istanbul University.
Sungur’s image became symbolic of the anti-government protests that took place in Istanbul’s Taksim Gezi Park before spreading across the country in May 2013.
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