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Is Turkey, After Gezi Protests, On Path to Democratization?

The democratization package to be proposed by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyep Erdogan may address some of the concerns of Turkish citizens.
A demonstrator gestures as he stands behind burning barricades during a protest in the Tuzlucayir neighbourhood of Ankara September 9, 2013. Billed as a symbol of peace between two faiths, a new place of worship has turned Tuzlucayir, a poor suburb of Ankara, into a battleground and exposed wider sectarian tensions within Turkey. The project's blueprint envisages a Sunni mosque rising side by side with a new cemevi, or assembly house, to be used by Alevis, Turkey's biggest religious minority. But with its c
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Since the Gezi protests that began at a small park in Istanbul in May and then spread in waves to the entire country, a heated debate has been raging about the direction the regime in Turkey is headed. Will the government undertake increasingly authoritarian and fascist actions in response to the protests? Will some already problematic democratic rights and freedoms be even more restricted? If the regime becomes increasingly authoritarian, will Turkey be splintered from Europe and the West?

For months, many intellectuals have been pondering these questions and searching for answers from every new development.

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