Since the 31st of May, protesters have been vocal about the current governments authoritarian rule, which many in the country believe is attempting to force radical Islamic Ideas on a secular state.
Prime Minister Recepe Tayyip Erdogan, who has been in power since 14th of March, 2003, has said protest’s will end within 24 hours saying “we do not fight punches with punches” protests in Istanbul, were peaceful for the most part today aside from riot police firing tear gas into crowds.
In the last decade many in Turkey feel that the prime minister is creating a authoritarian state in which he will impose strict Islamic Law. The AKP (Justice and Development Party) which is the prime minister’s party and ruling party of Turkey controls some 326 seats in the 550 seat unicameral parliament.
The European Union has contradicted Prime Minister Erdogan, and has voiced support for the protester stating that the protests have been largely peaceful, and are subject to indiscriminate violence from riot police. The EU has demanded an investigation of the extreme reaction, and has called on Prime Minister Erdogan, to cancel big rallies in Istanbul and Ankara of his AKP party that could further escalate tensions in the country.
Germany’s Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle added “we expect Prime Minister Erdogan to de-escalate the situation and to seek a constructive exchange and peaceful dialogue.”
Is Turkey set to become the next Arab Spring nation? We have witnessed many nation’s in Northern Africa, usher in an age of democracy bringing with it political changes and economic changes to the region, such as in Tunisia, and Libya.
As it says in the US Declaration of Independence “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” An Ideal that should be applied to all forms of government.