“Everyday I’m Çapuling!” is quickly becoming a rallying cry of sorts for the so-called “Turkish Spring” protests that have swept across Turkey since police violently broke up a protest camp in Istanbul’s Taksim Square on Friday with water cannons, tear gas and brutal violence.
Photo: Tumblr / @SilaVarlik”Çapuling,” or “chappuling” is a term that has taken on a life of its own as anti-government protests continue to sweep across Turkey.
Before we get into exactly what “capuling” means, click play below to check out a viral YouTube video named for the new slogan, which features footage of protesters dancing and marching down Turkish streets:
The uprising and resulting crackdown became a major international story in recent days as demonstrators expressed their anger over Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has refused to listen to protesters’ demands. Instead, he called them “looters” and “extremists” backed by foreign groups and embarked on a four-day trip to North Africawhile his country remains in the grips of revolt.
But the protesters are expressing their steadfast solidarity and refusing to buckle in the face of extreme force and Erdogan’s insults. Instead, they are banding together and growing in number and strength.
And now they have something of a catchphrase, which brings us to the term “çapuling,” which is alternatively spelled in many social media postings, especially those of Americans and Europeans, as the anglicized “capuling” or “chappuling.”
The Turkish word “çapul” has many meanings, including pillage; rage; plunder and booty to spoil; foray; root; and maraud, according to the Tureng online translation service.
It’s unclear exactly where the term originated, but it seems that it may be a reference to Erdogan’s description of protesters as “looters.” The accompanying “Everyday I’m Çapuling!” video is likely designed to disarm the word by showing protesters engaged in non-looting activities that aim to counter his use of the loaded term.
And the phrase “Everyday I’m Çapuling!” actually has its roots in American hip-hop, as“Everyday I’m Hustlin'” is a smash hit by rap mogul Rick Ross, and the video starts with a version of the song that replaces “hustlin'” with “çapuling.”
However it got started, the term is taking off in a major way. Twitter users have spread the phrase via hashtags, including #çapuling, #capuling, #chappuling, #everydayimcapuling, #everydayimçapuling and more, and the video has so many views in such a short time that it has triggered YouTube’s hit count stopping feature. The number of views will update in the near future to the proper number, as is the case when the feature, which simply shows the number of views as “301+” turns off.
For now, just be content in the knowledge that we’ll be hearing a lot more about “çapuling” in the days to come.