"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.
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:
What started as a peaceful demonstration over the planned demolition of the park to make way for a mall ignited into widespread revolt after the violent police crackdown, with protestors expressing anger over the policies of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has refused to listen to their demands. Instead, he called them "looters" and "extremists" backed by foreign groups and embarked on a four-day trip to North Africa while his country erupted in revolt.
But the protesters are expressing steadfast solidarity and refusing to buckle in the face of extreme force and Erdogan's insults. As they band together and grow in number, they've adopted something of a catchphrase, which brings us to the term "çapuling," alternatively spelled in many social media postings 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.[[nid:1291539]]
It's unclear exactly where the term originated, but it might 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, deriving from "Everyday I'm Hustlin'," the smash hit by rap mogul Rick Ross. The video starts with a version of that 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 gotten 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 actual number, as is the case when the feature, which simply shows the number of views as "301+", turns off.
Expect to hearing a lot more about "çapuling" in the days to come.