|This months cover by Aleksandar Ares,|
with layout by K.K.W.
Cover image is from the project
Rise Of The Young Ones.
|Prime minster Recep Tayyip Erdogan.|
Image courtesy of Wikipedia
|One of the logo's of some protesters.|
|Photo courtesy of Media-center/smugmug.com|
|Photo courtesy of www.ibtimes.com|
|Photo credits unknown|
The main thing to note is that the AKP has govern since 2002, then won elections in 2007 & 2011 by large margins.
Under its rule the economy of Turkey has recovered from the 2001 financial crisis, driven in part by a construction boom.
And while construction has been a major drive, this has involved little local consultation, being opposed by widespread coalitions of diverse interests. Despite this fact the government has turned a deaf ear & blind eye to most if not all opponents to these projects (4).
The construction boom has even spread to Macedonia - with Cevahir Holding investing some 300 million euros to build four 4-storey skyscrapers in the capital, Skopje (5). This has raised numerous concerns within Skopje given Turkeys political problems, and its past historical dealings with the Balkans.
While economic gains are something quite positive for a nation, and the stability that comes with it, this is not enough to blind those with open eyes. Democracy and the secular gains via leaders like Mustafa Kemal Ataturk are under siege, in a nation where some wish to exist in the modern world, with stern elements of its non-secular past.
Nothing lasts forever, all protests come to an end, either with both sides satisfied or not. Though for the time being, its a dark time for Turkey, with the protesters one of the only lights urging the country back towards Democracy.
|Image courtesy of AP Photos - Kostas Tsironis|
|One of the more peaceful demonstrations:|
a Sufi dancer wearing a gas-mask.
Image courtesy of Wikipedia.
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