Has Turkey Sprung?

Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Prime Minister)  says no; and in doing so has opened the gates to exactly that possibility. Talk about being the author of ones own possible demise.

Erdogan’s dismissive attitude to the mass demonstrations contrasted increasingly with President Abdullah Gul, who sounded conciliatory and pointedly rebutted Erdogan’s message. “Democracy does not mean elections alone,” he said, in what appeared to be a sharp riposte to the prime minister’s repeated insistence on the strength of his parliamentary mandate.”The Guardian

Indeed, the demonstrations are democracy in action. Democracy is what the people want, not what the prime minister wants.

The question is, why does Erdogan insist so vehemently  that these plans go ahead? Has he been paid by the developers for ensuring such a prime site? One must wonder. What other reason could there be?

But assuredly, Erdogan has blown his credibility, politically, I am sure he is finished.

What started as a protest over the redevelopment of a park has become a rebellion against the reign of the prime minister and the blame lies squarely on the prime minister’s shoulders.

Gezi Park, Istanbul

Gezi Park, Istanbul – image: The Examiner

The protestors have reason, cities need lungs, Gezi Park is just that in a sea of asphalt and buildings. Claimed to be the last green area in the city.

 

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