The anti-govermental protests started in Gezi Park, Istanbul, which have been held since last Friday (31 May 2013) are elevating the political tension in Turkey. Apart from how ridicilously it started and spread around the country for guarding a few trees and turned into “revolutionary” movement, maybe the most important question is about legitimacy of the protests and what will happen after the protesters achieve their goal. Let’s say PM Tayyip Erdogan resigned at the moment and there happened a new election; in this case, he and his party will be elected again and will come stronger. This is what public researchs tell us. If you ask the protestors who or which party do they want to come to rule; there are only two “political leaders” (or two political parties) in Turkey who could be alternatives to Erdoğan. The opposition politicians Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu of CHP party and Devlet Bahçeli of MHP party. So let’s compare their voting rates. Kılıçdaroğlu collected %26 of votes and Bahçeli collected %13, whereas Erdoğan collected %50 in 2011 elections. (Rest of the votes were shared by 13 small political groups.) And it was his third election victory. Well, what will happen to those who voted for Erdogan’s AK party? None of the protestors cannot answer this question.
And secondly, the only thing the oppossers could reasonably concern about, is that they are protecting their rights to live in the sytle they prefer, which everybody can understand and support. Well, is this the way (pictures) to express this rihtful demand when nobody had intervened to anybodies’ life style? Some exemplify their claims with “alcohol ban” which in fact is a restriction/regulation of alcohol sales, just like the ones you can see in developed countries such as US and European countries. You can still buy and drink whatever you like in Turkey. You can even see the “street sellers” selling Tequila and beer in the middle of the street in Taksim the main protesting area.
This story has two sides and on the other side is 37 million people standing siliently. And international media is not talking about their rights. Well nobody can justify the voilence applied on the protesters by the police. I have been strogly criticising the security forces since the first day of protests, as a writer. But There is this still unanswered question remain. What will happen then?
The protestors have showed to the government that there is a mass strogly guarding about their rights and PM Tayyip Erdoğan has to take a lesson from what happened and consequently everything should turn to normal. If the government change right now, the Kurdish issue will never been sold by the nationalist Turkish opposition parties who are stricly nationalist and sustained their additudes against Kurdish rights. And this can cause even a civil war between Turks and Kurds that sounds horryfying.