There is no doubt that the constitution written after the 1980 military coup opened a bizarre page in Turkish history by preventing female students with headscarves from attending public university. But Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government has been in power for more than a decade now. And it is getting really tiresome to hear him link every issue to that wrong action, forcing the civilian population who are not AKP constituents to feel individually responsible.
Speaking today [June 11] at his party’s weekly parliamentary group meeting, Erdogan accused those who have not been able to defeat him at the ballot box of trying to find a new way, through the Gezi Park protests, to defeat him. “Although the Gezi Park protests are presented as being innocent … the truth is they’re really far from it,” he said. Erdogan is convinced that there is a foreign plot, in which the international media is playing a significant role, trying to cut short his achievements and therefore Turkey’s development in its democracy and economy.