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AKP Comes Unhinged In Response to Critical Media

Is Turkey losing its bearings by denouncing independent media, including Al-Monitor, as “subcontractors for the Zionist lobby?"
Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of parliament from his ruling AK Party (AKP) during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara June 25, 2013. Turkish anti-terrorism police detained 20 people in raids in the capital Ankara on Tuesday in connection with weeks of anti-government protests across the country, media reports said. The unrest began at the end of May when police used force against campaigners opposed to plans to redevelop a central Istanbul park. The protest spiralled int
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It has been a month since the eruption that broke out at Gezi Park in Istanbul spread to many cities in Turkey. But tectonic tremors and aftershocks still continue. The political rule, although not under threat, has lost a lot of face, and it is doubtful whether it will ever get it back. Turkey’s recent history is now divided into pre-Gezi and post-Gezi periods. With each passing day, the political leadership seems to become less able to correctly diagnose any development.

The mistakes that were made at Taksim Square and Gezi Park were repeated on June 28, when in the Lice township of Diyarbakir province a group of 200 to 250 Kurdish villagers were strafed protesting the construction of a military outpost in the town. On June 29, this time in Diyarbakir, security forces tried to head off demonstrations by using pepper spray and water cannons against protesters. Remember how quiet it was in Diyarbakir and in Turkey’s Kurdish regions during the Istanbul protests? It was calm there — so much so that police vehicles were transferred from the Kurdish regions to Istanbul.

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