1. ratbastard says

    Sigh. Once again, the U.S. government backs a thug in power. Unfortunately, his opponents, are more accurately the power behind these protesters, are pretty dubious. So many societies in the world see dramatic shifts from the far right to far left, from the rigidly secular to the theocratic and religious. Rinse, repeat.

  2. Houndentenor says

    I have been following this on twitter the entire time thanks to a few old friends, one of which is Turkish (an amazing pianist). I’ve been baffled that the American news media seemed to be ignoring the story until yesterday.

  3. Hey Darlin' says

    Houdentenor, I quit watching American news a long time ago. I watch one of the “world news” style programs. It seems that each station/news corp really only provides the news that advances the owners cause(s).

  4. Victor says


    We are ignoring this, because we helped the democratically elected Erdogan stay in power (as opposed to having another coup d’etat by the Turkish military).


    The LGBT people are supporting the protests, because these are thought to be mostly secularist people protesting against what they see as the religious takeover of the secular Turkish Republic. This is not just about some environmentalist issues in a park. Erdogan and his party have been thwarting advance of LGBT rights, women’s rights, secularism…

    Recently, the gov’t has introduced restrictions on alcohol sales, warnings against kissing in public, they even wanted to introduce new hardcore uniforms for the Turkish Airlines attendants and restrict their use of lipstick. The govt introduced classes on religion in schools. People (including the LGBTs) are seeing the state become more and more Islamist.

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