posted on Jun, 6 2013 @ 08:26 PM
Hi everyone. I'm Turkish... I've been fallowing up on ATS for the longest time, and it never occurred to me before to become a member, but when I
saw this thread, and read some remarks on it, I've decided to become a member so I could explain the situation.
Erdogan was elected on either 2002, or 2003 (can't remember) This is his third term (unlike in U.S you can do that in Turkey) Erdogan came to power
in the first place, because people were tired of corruption, and they needed a fresh face. He had a great momentum, and it seemed like he was
unstoppable for the longest time.
In his term, there were actually a lot done in the country. This is due to the fact that, in Turkey, multi-party coalitions have been in power for
the longest time, and they've always had to fight to make even a small change. When Erdogan came to power, his party (AKP) was the first and only
party, people were tired of all the previous and no good political parties. Since his party didn't have to deal with coalition at all, it's been
easy for them to pass laws, and make improvements.
Erdogan, and his people did indeed make improvements, but apparently, we are getting more than we've bargained for to begin with. In time, Erdogan
is proving himself to be impatient with anyone who opposes him. He's made several attempts to disrupt the secular state of our country, and he
doesn't like to negotiate. He's a "my way, or the highway" type of person.
We, as people, have seen so much of his non-negotiating character, that we no longer want to see him as our president. I'm pretty confident when I
say I speak for most Turkish people. In the protests, there are even religious, Islamic people protesting against Erdogan.
This is simply because of the fact that our country is not a middle eastern country. Even our religious groups are aware of the fact that our culture
is somewhere in between west, and east, and that secularism has been given to us about 90 years ago, by our great leader, at unbelievable costs...
The current situation might look bad on the outside, but this has been coming for some time. Erdogan does not act like a prime minister. He acts
more like a dictator. If there's a journalist that he doesn't like, he finds a way to imprison him/her. It has come to a point, where people are
not even able to criticize him, or else.
We are a nation with incredible potential. Our young generation is extremely educated, and the economy is booming. Our infrastructure is finally
where it should be, and now comes this guy.
No one wants to waste time with him anymore. Because that's all he is....
Hope this sheds some light on the situation.
Currently, over 38 cities in Turkey are exposed to massive protests.
We have no intention of quitting before he steps down...