Why AKP should abandon Erdogan
June 13th, 2013
09:49 AM ET

Why AKP should abandon Erdogan

By Stephan Richter, Special to CNN

Editor’s note: Stephan Richter is the publisher and editor-in-chief of The Globalist. You can follow him @theglobalist. The views expressed are his own.

For years, there had been troubling signs, not least the jailing of journalists (worse than in Russia!) But, generally speaking, Turkey still seemed to be successfully managing its modernization, blending religion with economic and social progress. Yet the outside world shouldn’t have been fooled, and the major barrier to Turkey’s continued development should have been clear – an arrogant and overbearing leader.

Faced with an eternally disorganized opposition, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s supreme confidence was perhaps understandable. But his strictly majoritarian approach to governing has come back to haunt him, and his tone deafness – demonstrated by his dismissive response to the protests across the country – risks undoing the progress the country has made. Meanwhile, what was once seen as a demographic advantage – namely Turkey’s young population – may prove a political and social disaster as the country’s economy stumbles and unrest grows.

How should the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) respond? Given the longstanding dominance of Erdogan over his party, and over Turkish politics in general, the prime minister is unlikely to loosen his grip. This is a shame, as Erdogan has failed to grasp that the current unrest is not about Istanbul vs. the rest of the country. Nor is it a question of religion vs secularism. Instead, the real battle is between modernity and tradition.

Erdogan's principal achievement is to have distributed economic power far beyond the industrial family clans of Istanbul, and the country’s economic growth has been driven largely by steering the Turkish economy away from the dominance of these firms. This in turn has generated greater optimism among his voting bloc, the rural poor from the Anatolian hinterlands.

But as Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek has noted in The Globalist, Turkey’s future is dependent on the success of educating the rural masses.

There are 17 million students in Turkey’s school system, a cohort as big as the entire population of some European countries, and regardless of where one stands on Turkey’s politics, it is surely clear that the country’s transformation or otherwise will depend on its ability to upgrade the skills of this vast pool of labor market entrants.

More from CNN: Past and future collide in Turkey

The problem for Turkey is that Erdogan’s vision of the future is too narrow, his views too inflexible to meet the country’s changing needs. Voters were satisfied previously because they saw economic growth spreading, growth that was largely driven by Turkey's medium and large businesses, which had integrated themselves into the global economy, particularly Europe and Asia.

But even before the explosion of unrest centered around the protests in Istanbul’s Taksim Square, Turkey’s economic progress was facing headwinds, including adjustments in Spain’s labor market that are set to make Spanish firms more cost-competitive compared with their Turkish peers. With the current unrest, European investors looking to save money on production are now increasingly likely to see Turkey as too risky to consider doing business there.

The reality is that Erdogan would be nothing without his country’s economic success story. Now that he has carelessly undermined it with his heavy-handed response to the recent protests, he has also started to sow the seeds for his own downfall.

The economic fallout is growing by the day. Consider the impact, for example, on tourism in Istanbul and the rest of the country of the images generated by Erdogan's police state, images reminiscent of the oppressive Midnight Express days.

This leaves Turkey – and especially the AKP – facing a fundamental choice. Without a political opposition able to take advantage of Erdogan's self-destructiveness, it will likely come down to the AKP to reassess its own long-term interests, and the party must choose between loyalty to Erdogan or protecting Turkey’s significant potential.

Dropping an electorally successful leader may be unheard of in this region. But it is precisely what it will take for Turkey to get back on track.

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  1. deniz boro

    Internal strugle of any party should not cause the death of people and grivience of a whole nation. Regardless of the Jokes and fun and all else aside, this is now realy getting to be frightning and shameful. There are so many valuable people within that party. Why can not practice democracy within their own party first.

    June 13, 2013 at 9:54 am | Reply
    • j. von hettlingen

      Indeed, there are sensible people within the AKP, like the president Gul and Erdogan's deputy PM, who had adopted a reconciliatory tone recently.
      Erdogan is becoming more like a micromanaging leader, poking his nose into local planning and petty businesses like the sale of alcohol and the private lives of the citizens, instead of focusing on more important state-affairs.

      June 14, 2013 at 7:23 am | Reply
      • from istanbul not from telescreen

        First of all When u analysis other country, U shouldnt focus on just few years period. Turkey has many period before like 1980, like 1960. When you look at that years and reason of coup, may be U can understand Why Prime Minister Erdogan rigth. These protest reason not about a few trees.He has been Prime Minister for ten years. He was chosen by vote of %52 citizen. And the problem is other part of citizen waiting their party become government. They see it s not possible way of democracy. Because AKP has half of citizen's support. U can understand ıt very easy. Just look at these. İf u wanna make high participation to decision making. The best way is referendum, isnt it ? He offered to referendum about Taksim Square , But protesters didit accept it. What kind of contradiction is that ? U wanna be part of decision making, but u dont wanna referendum. I can just tell to Protesters "be honest " . Dont part of the inferiority game on Turkey.

        June 15, 2013 at 10:00 pm |
      • deniz boro

        The actual amount of votes that AKP got in the last election was actually about 42% but it got him the equal of 58% of the seats because of the electional law. And in the coming election in 2014 he is face to face with several realy hard questions that he will have to account for. Some of these will be his unpopular deals with PKK; the foreign debts that he managed to more than double up; his unsuccessful Syria campaign along with his stand against Israel. His telling the Turkish women to bear at least 3 children was unpopular amongst most women even with AKP voters. His continuous scuffle with neignbouring countries was also unpopular. Remember that an AKP majority senate voted against sending soldiers to the Gulf War. His calculated bravado with Israel, EU and other states were only clapped by the mostly ignorant and dogmatic (not even traditional or conservative) Muslim groups who believe that the only correct rule is Sharia. There are serious oppositions within AKP. Some are from those who were with Turgut Ozal and joined AKP only because they thought AKP will be moderate. But at some point this leadership business went out of hand and became extremely oppressive. Now I do not think it is wise to play on him based on the belief that he has 50% devoted followers. Incidentally, although it is a well known trick at any meeting to collect crowds by offering payment, I believe it is rather stupid to put a notice on the notice board of Municipality agencies saying that "disciplinary action will be carried out on those who do not attend" when photographs of such notices can be taken as proof of labour abuse.

        June 16, 2013 at 7:05 pm |
      • EMINE

        OTPUR is an american/europe organisation that provokes riots in different countries! does america tell this yo you? no of course not! the left party in turkey plays dirty plays together with america against the right party! does america tell this to you? usa and europe are scared of turkey, because turkey is growing! that is the whole deal !!!! deal with it stupid ones!

        June 22, 2013 at 8:13 pm |
    • Eren

      In 300 there is none leader except Erdogan... Because he selected them one by one not to betrayed him... And also the president Gul is nothing but an office of Erdogan...

      June 16, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Reply
      • from istanbul not from telescreen

        If U dont believe, he has not enough supporter and he is gonna lose vote, I just advise to you, look at KAZLI ÇESME meeting. Next election He ll get more than an half of support of citizen. U should worry about opposition parties. They re loising force day by day because of sutupid moves. I said before I m repeating again If u wanna analysis to Turkey, U should look at 1960, 1980 impact. People have experiance, when we compare that time military and this time military. Military of this time is not toys of foreign countries. Everybody realized, this game was planed by soros and its son of bi...Everybody going to see , Turkish people ll not be part of arrogant game on Turkey. After these events , All TURKs ll
        square up with planner. Just be patient. It gonna hapen soon.

        June 16, 2013 at 9:09 pm |
      • EMINE

        the military now in turkey is a decent one! it doesn't exist of americans and english and faithless people! what happened 50 years ago can not happen again! europe and america forget this!!!! TURKEY IS THE BEST, AND ERDOGAN IS THE WORLD LEADER!!! HE ALLREADY IS!! AND ALLAH (GOD) PROTECTS HIM AGAINST DEVILS LIKE YOU!

        June 22, 2013 at 8:17 pm |
    • ali

      The truth is that you are all liars, liars, liars. Turkish people will tech you the real deocrasy freedom and justice.

      June 17, 2013 at 3:44 am | Reply
      • EMINE


        June 22, 2013 at 8:23 pm |
  2. Lyndsie Graham

    As long as this goon Erdogan clings to power, Turkey will be no more than a U.S. satellite state. This needs to change and fast, too! Unfortunately, the idea of losing Turkey as a satellite state terrifies the right-wing thugs in Washington, but a very good one nonetheless!

    June 13, 2013 at 10:00 am | Reply
  3. 100 % ETHIO

    In 21st Century, people very well learn the past Centuries, rise and fall.

    Now, people said, enough is enough. Those who refused equality, could face uprisings.

    June 13, 2013 at 10:27 am | Reply
  4. 100 % ETHIO

    ...same uprising will happen in America too. It is just a matter of time.

    Christian Founding Fathers are attacked and criticised by Jewish terrorist groups.

    KKK (Christian defenders) destroyed for the benefit of Jew. And replaced by unknown terrorist Jew group and JDL (Jew Defence League).

    Jew are eliminating Christians, from bottom-up.

    Most American Top secrets easily obtained by Jew and spread to World-Wide.

    USS Navy (1967) attacked by Jew.

    These are more than the signs.

    June 13, 2013 at 11:32 am | Reply
    • 100 % ETHIO

      ...this is not anti-semite. It is clear-cut reality.

      June 13, 2013 at 11:51 am | Reply
  5. deniz boro

    Craving for power seems to do strange things to otherwise acceptable people.

    June 13, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Reply
  6. deniz boro

    I think at the moment the best approach is to suggest a 6 month holiday for the PM. However, truthfully speaking I was informed that an inquiry has been made about me for things I've written so far on the social media. I cannot believe all of this is true! This cannot be happening in my country. I recently moved to a small town in Turkey and away from it all. I moved away because Istanbul was not a place to live. I still have a house in one of the expensive parts of Istanbul. But the only green area I can take by dog to is 3x 8 or so square meters. And of course there are the pots of flowers at my balcony. I have 4 shopping malls in the walking distance.This is rediculous. There are still my friends who write me over a social media channel saying that the Chapullers are selling their country to foreign groups (mostly to the USA), that they are disregarding the development and economical improvement of Turkey. Even my mama, watching the pro-government media says the chapullers were breaking down and vandalising the streats. Most of my friends out there are still there because they do not want to let the younger people get to angry and do anything violent- even against the police- and collect evidence of what's going on.
    Well Turkey did have a short period under the sun when the media was not bullied. Now it seems to be over.

    June 13, 2013 at 12:27 pm | Reply
    • Ferhat Balkan

      Stay safe. There has been a lot of misinformation and false reporting done on social media that has had a negative effect on the protests, such as increased violence. Please do not believe everything you see on social media. There are political groups in Turkey who'd rather have anarchy and civil war than peaceful protests.

      June 13, 2013 at 6:21 pm | Reply
      • moguz

        There is more false news on main media than on social.
        Were you in taksim by chance or Ankara? I took my 4 year old to Taksim and it was basically like a spring festival. Until the attack by police that is.
        What kills me is thatnseemingly intelligent people still refuse to believe reality, there are 2-3 minor tv channels which are showing the truth and doing real reporting but many ignorant people still refuse to watch them, most likely because the truth hurts.

        June 17, 2013 at 3:01 am |
  7. deniz boro

    I guess this is a serious breach of your patent rights. I shall be sending this to as many friends as possible before it is deleted.

    June 13, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Reply
  8. deniz boro

    I am barred.

    June 13, 2013 at 1:29 pm | Reply
  9. Ferhat Balkan

    What use to be a peaceful protest in the beginning has turned into what most would describe as a riot. The riots were instigated by political parties such as the Communist HKP. Whenever the communists show up, the protests always turn violent. I don't like Erdogan's response to the protester's demands, but I also don't like the way these protests have harmed my country's image. Gezi park is now trashed and the local economy in ruins. It is time to end these harmful protests and act democratically by voting instead of rioting.

    June 13, 2013 at 6:15 pm | Reply
  10. Benedict

    Well,Erdogan must realize that the Turkish society has been watching events around the world and can spot the emergence of a dictorial trend.
    Erdogan has to re-establish a harmonial link with the protesters and exibit flexibility so that all parties came out as winners!.

    June 14, 2013 at 5:34 am | Reply
  11. Ahmet Bey

    I honestly have to say that AKP should be abandoned as a whole, period! I honestly do not trust them at all if you ask me. They are just serving the agenda of the "Greater Middle East Project" if you ask me. Also, the amount of journalist thrown in prisons under the AKP is more than China and North Korea put together. Also, honor killings have skyrocketed because of the AKP. As well as banning alcohol too, on top of it. Also all factions of AKP will support Al-Qaida, Taliban and the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria and all over the Middle East. You cannot trust the AKP and the Gulen movement, period. They are too servile to other countries and no nation in the region trusts them.

    June 16, 2013 at 2:04 am | Reply
    • Meltem

      100% agreed!
      Also in jail army generals, university presidents, writers.. He is a dictator.
      Enough is enough.

      June 16, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Reply
      • nola

        Turkey's P.M is threatening democracy and people freedom. He puts pressure on media- journalist- college professors- doctors and so on..not to make news agains him. . He puts them in a jail or forces them to get fired if they talk or write against him. This has to end. enough is enough...

        June 24, 2013 at 4:09 pm |
  12. Ömer Alperen

    There are some facts that you should be aware about the latest development. Tayyip Erdoğan, has been changing his view of the people relying on his paid voters. He became a dictator and macro managing every point of the country. He decides where to build a mosque, where to build a Shopping Center and residence. I VOTED for him and now I am sorry. Let me summarize the developments:
    Our economy grew but it only helped to the people WHO voted for him (it helped me too). He relion on this economic development and started his secret plan of converting country to Sunni Islamist regime.
    – He decided how we will educate our children
    – He decided what the legth of the skirts would be in schools
    – He decided WHO would be the judges
    – He decided WHO would be the army generals, university presidents, medya owners, police chiefs (bu himself – no input from others in the party)
    – He decided what journalist will write and when
    – He decided what TVs will Show and when
    – He ruined all the meday owners WHO wrote against him (Uzan, Doğan medya etc...and their journalist)
    – He sold all the parks to his own friends to build most expensive residants
    – He ensured that privatization benefits went to his party supporters and caused governments loose billions of dollars
    – He called the non-members of the party others and asked police to attack them in Taksim.
    – He forcefully bring people to his speeches by using all the resources of government – One will take place today.

    What else do I have to say..... I voted for him and Allah will forgive me....

    June 16, 2013 at 4:07 am | Reply
    • aygen

      June 16
      You committed haram (sin) by voting for Erdoğan. You have to pay the price. Allah will not forgive you

      June 16, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Reply
      • Esra

        Blah blah and blah.....

        June 23, 2013 at 7:28 pm |
    • Tonyar

      Thank you for honestly and publicly announcing your change of heart. I wish everyone could do such educated moves and be mature enough to accept their mistakes.

      June 17, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Reply
    • EMINE

      i really can not believe you are an turk. are you one of the faithless chp people? or a mascot of america? how much did you get? tell us...because we openly see chp paying people to protest in turkey! the youth that's protests have all 200 billets in their hands to buy alcohol and to protest! most of them are students, from where do they found Every day 200 paper money? chp (extreme left party=the enemy of turkey like usa/europe) buys people! ... or you are really stupid omer!

      June 22, 2013 at 8:22 pm | Reply
    • Esra

      Well said Omer
      Thank you

      June 23, 2013 at 7:29 pm | Reply
    • nola

      at least u have seen the real face of him. We all should vote for democracy and freedom for better- secular Turkey for next election. Just the way Ataturk set it up.

      June 24, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Reply
  13. aygen

    June 16
    It will never happen. The AKP will not and cannot dump Erdoğan. The AKP is nothing without Erdoğan. An empty Shell. If Erdoğan goes AKP goes too.

    June 16, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Reply
  14. ImperialistHyena

    The analysis is sound, but it seems to treat the AKP as if it were a Western style political party – complete with inner party discourse and even disagreement – instead of the Turkish style party where deputies solely exist to rubber stamp a strong figure with a cult of personality. Once the figure leaves, whether it's Ataturk or Ecevit or Ozal or Erdogan, the party just skates by on their legacy for a couple more elections with greatly diminishing returns until it's just mostly abandoned. The AKP cannot get rid of Erdogan simply because there is no AKP without Erdogan; or more precisely, the AKP IS Erdogan.

    June 16, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Reply
  15. Alpha Auer

    I do not know what would or would not be common in this region; however in Turkey this (that a political party or movement eliminates its leader) is something that has happened many times before. It is one of the reasons for Turkey having been run almost solely through coalition governments for almost 3 decades in the latter part of the 20th century. Party members fell out with their leaders, resigned, and formed splinter parties – which then were brought back together under very uneasy hats, as parts of coalition governments. Even the fate of a once very powerful leader such as Bulent Ecevit can be attributed in part to an abandonment by his followers that divided the Turkish center-left into his DSP and the SHP (which later took back the name CHP). So, I find the scenario that the AKP may eventually reach a point of continuing without the current prime minister feasible. That said, Tayyip Erdogan is a very powerful figure within his party (but then so was Ecevit, in his heyday) and therefore such a division is not something that is likely to come about easily and painlessly.

    June 16, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Reply
  16. Yunus

    Why did not CNN show Rally, it happened June 14 and was joint by half million people against Gezi Park protest ?

    June 16, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Reply
    • deniz boro

      You mean the pictures given to Turkish pro-government media. The crowd shown in the photos have been multiplied by photoshop Yunus. And a poor job at that too. Hope AKP press does better and more reliable photoshops in the future. But let me ask you why didn't the Red Crescent didn't at least make a photoshop appearance at Gezi Park and why the hell did the government arrest the doctors who were helping those injured by the police. CNN did not also show a TOMA (Huge police assult truck) entering a hospital and spraying chemical water and shooting around tear gas. So maybe you should be glad that CNN acts selectively.

      June 16, 2013 at 9:47 pm | Reply
  17. John Gizmen

    Deniz , thank you for your sensible comments and the news of whats going on in Turkey. I was born in Istanbul came to United States with my parents in 1972. Became a US citizen a choise I made for many years. Of course one never forget the country I was born in and lived there till ten than moved here. I am a US citizen but a full blooded Turk will be till I die. I ca not believe what is going on Istanbul, or should I say I saw this after one year of tayip erdogan been in office. I am not going to repeat everything you have mentioned, how ever I agree with everything you said. I think the leaders in this country need to listen to the cry of the protesters.Because of the past experiences with Irak and Afganistan ect. Tayib is no different than them, he started show his true colors maybe earlier than he wanted. He will eventually impose and rule a pro islamic government serial rule to follow, maybe sooner than people expect. The protesters are the people that think like you and I only want freedom, not being told how many kids they should have or how to dress or what to drink. These are the sensible people we want as allies like in the past. They may not agree with everything US believes but be a strong ally. Turks of Ataturk will not turn on you. Please Mr. Obama I am pleading with you to help end these good people. I voted for you standing in the rain hoping to make a difference do not let us down. Urge if not force tayip erdogan out before he is a major threat to the region if not the world. The forget he is supported by feytullah gulen another threat lives in PA. Thank you for listening everyone hopefully Mr. Obama..

    June 16, 2013 at 10:59 pm | Reply
  18. Sid

    Dear international community, Yesterday more than a million people gathered in Istanbul to support their elected government. Yesterday before day a similar gathering took place in Ankara... The exaggerated news on some of the international media who mostly show marginal groups' chaotic attempts in Istanbul to destabilize the country do not represent the realities of Turkey. The elections in Turkey are held with international standards and
    the government has won about 50% of all the votes (whereas the second biggest party got as close as 25%). The democracy in our country is mature and fully active.

    June 17, 2013 at 2:48 am | Reply
    • moguz

      You are a joke, the maximum that was present at that meeting is around 270 thousand (calculated by professors according to square miles and intensity of crowd), a big number still. BUT, and that is a big but; many were either invited in exchange for money, food or even coerced (risk of getting fired). Ofcourse all public transport mobilized to take them there is another aspect and joke if you consider this is a democratic country (the protestors in taksim some times walk 15-20 miles to get there dur tompolice blocking roads)
      Social media is full of videos of those present as well; majority are people who can not even repeat simple 5 word slogans whispered in their ears (again videos), or put 3 words together when a reporter asks them a question.
      The reality is: even if they had managed to get 10 million people to support AKP and Erdogan, in a democracy this still does not justify police brutality, media black out, midnight arrests for tweeting, attacking/gassing medical centers and/or first aid stations.

      June 17, 2013 at 3:11 am | Reply
      • nazim

        Moguz, your comments best explain the mindset of most chp people. you believe that you know all, you think the best and your lifestyle is the best. you believe that you own the country. Open your eyes, you should learn to share this country with other stakeholders. Stop calling 22 million people as "sheep." as long as you continue to call the voters of the AKP "makarnacı (people who give their votes in return for pasta) or "komurcu" (in return for coal), it means that you have no idea about democracy. Imagine the Republicans labelling the supporters of the Democrats as "sheep." This is what you have been doing to supporters of ERdogan. You should and will learn to respect their voting rights. please stop thinking for others. You are not superior to others. The one party period of the CHP is long over. Also, stop also insulting their faith and lifestyle. there is a freedom about faith. You remember!!! Take time to read about democracy in the western countries.

        June 18, 2013 at 7:15 am |
    • deniz boro

      Sid, dear, do try to be correct on your facts. See this is not the Turkish media bullied by its government. And these are not the readers who are happy to accepts everything the government says as long as they get their pocket money of 30 TL (30 TL for common meeting attenders and 150 TL for taxi drivers corresponding to 15 Dollars and 100 dollars). All is on record and in safe keeping and some have already been sent to the European Court of Human Rights. Try to get real and get used to the Global Arena because Sid the world is not Turkey and those courts are not the courts the Turkish government has been manipulating.

      June 17, 2013 at 4:32 am | Reply
  19. tugba

    Dear Richter,
    Do not worry, Recep Tayyip Erdogan will never be abonden. There are millions of his supporters. He did many devoplements in last years. I can imagine how you feel weak againts Turkey's growth but it does not work. Even your website (CNN) published wrong news. We are aware of what Europe and USD try to do. Turkey will be the new power of the world!.

    June 17, 2013 at 6:38 am | Reply
    • Esra

      Miss penguen ,check metropoli report? Of course if he PAID people will back him up.

      June 23, 2013 at 7:31 pm | Reply
  20. deniz boro

    Thanks for your point of view Tugba.

    June 17, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Reply
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    June 17, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Reply
  22. HainKurt

    AKP has support from more than 50% of population... now the people who see at Gezi Park are the ones who does not want AKP & Erdogan. They want him to go, but what's the solution? We had democratic elections and he & his party is the winner, they have the power right now until next election. The issue is, the ones you see here, know that they will lose, and AKP will stay again. They don't want this, and trying to find a way to get rid of current government. But their way is not the right way, they are saying "My Way or Highway"! They think that they are the owner of the country, and AKP should go! But those days are over, as long as they have the support from majority, they will have the power. These protestors can find support from everywhere, especially from the ones who do not want Turkey rise! But you are hopeless, you cannot succeed! Go and find another country to play! Turkey is stronger than before...

    June 17, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Reply
  23. HainKurt

    Turkey is getting stronger every day, which you (CNN & others) do not want to see... But, you are hopeless, you cannot succeed... Turkey will not be your puppet anymore! U mad bro?

    June 17, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Reply
  24. Anas Badr

    Yesterday before day a similar gathering took place in Ankara... The exaggerated news on some of the international media who mostly show marginal groups' chaotic attempts in Istanbul to destabilize the country do not represent the realities of Turkey. The elections in Turkey are held with international standards and
    the government has won about 50% of all the votes (whereas the second biggest party got as close as 25%). The democracy in our country is mature and fully active.

    June 17, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Reply
  25. Anas Badr

    Yesterday before day a similar gathering took place in Ankara... The exaggerated news on some of the international media who mostly show marginal groups' chaotic attempts in Istanbul to destabilize the country do not represent the realities of Turkey. The elections in Turkey are held with international standards and
    the government has won about 50% of all the votes (whereas the second biggest party got as close as 25%). The democracy in our country is mature and fully active.

    June 17, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Reply
  26. Abdul Rehman

    Yesterday before day a similar gathering took place in Ankara... The exaggerated news on some of the international media who mostly show marginal groups' chaotic attempts in Istanbul to destabilize the country do not represent the realities of Turkey. The elections in Turkey are held with international standards and
    the government has won about 50% of all the votes (whereas the second biggest party got as close as 25%). The democracy in our country is mature and fully active.

    June 17, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Reply
  27. HainKurt

    have a look at this picture, you will see AKP & RTE is supported by majority: http://image.haber7.com/haber/haber7/photos/kalicesmede_1_milyon_kisi_basbakani_karsiladi13713977830_h1039275.jpg 1M people gathered together in istanbul to support him... Do not lie CNN! Protestors & their supporters are only a drop in ocean... and they will see the truth soon...

    June 17, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Reply
  28. vatan sever

    AKP % 60 İLE GELECEK ssiz ne kadar uğraşsanızda boş

    June 17, 2013 at 5:52 pm | Reply
  29. deniz boro

    Turkish Facebook is now compromised. Somehow the communications are delayed or the content altered. Turkish protestors have decided to stop watching or shopping from pro-goverment corporations. Withdrow money from such banks. Not to deal in anyway with pro-government establishments. They shall also stop spending money and using oil. I wander how the 42% will finance their businesses now. If they cannot learn to listen their money will teach them how to do 🙂

    June 18, 2013 at 3:45 am | Reply
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