Going cold Turkey: Why the Turks have gone off Erdogan
Recep Tayyip Erdogan is somewhat of a veteran in Turkish politics, having been the Prime Minister since 2003. He’s been one of the most influential leaders since Ataturk, but that’s not to say he is wildly popular in Turkey. Increasingly, it seems the Turkish population is growing steadily more discontent with his rule and its many contradictions.
The early years of Erdogan’s office were characterised by strong economic policies, a drive for democratic reform and a sense of liberalism in politics and society. Since his most recent election, in 2011, this popularity has been rapidly decreasing and he is now unable to cower behind Turkey’s economy and has become a rallying point for the opposition. Continue reading below »
The growing disquiet with the Erdogan government came to light this weekend, when protests over the razing of trees in a popular Istanbuli park turned violent and police dispersed protesters with disproportionate force. Protests have spread across the country, including the towns and cities of Kocaeli, Edirne, Afyon, Eskisehir, Bodrum, Antalya, Aydin, Trabzon, Mugla, Mersin, Ankara, Adana, and Konya.
So let’s break down the many layers of discontent and see where the love between Erdogan and his people got lost.
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