The title of a recently released Al-Jazeera article is “Turkey protests continue as TOURISM woes grow” (Web-site/URL: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2013/06/201368121910137157.html).
“Rallies run into a NINTH day as Prime Minister Erdogan REMAINS DEFIANT, but businesses in tourism hubs begin to WORRY“.
“Thousands of ANGRY Turks have taken to the streets to join mass anti-government protests which have stretched to over ONE WEEK, defying Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s call to end THE WORST CIVIL UNREST of his decade-long rule”. In other words, Prime Minister Erdogan is acting like A TYRANT.
“Protesters began arriving in Istanbul’s Taksim Square from early Saturday morning (June 8, 2013) with food and blankets to settle in for a weekend of demonstrations, adding to the growing tent city in nearby Gezi Park”.
The lingering rallies, heaviest in Turkey’s main tourist hubs such as Istanbul’s main Taksim Square, are starting to negatively impact business for many”. Taksim Square is like TAHRIR SQUARE in EGYPT now.
“Al Jazeera‘s Hashem Ahelbarra, reporting from Istanbul, said that “the whole area houses HOTELS, RESTAURANTS and SHOPPING MALLS and there are concerns that TOURISM MIGHT (?) decline IF the unrest continues“. “tourism” WILL DEFINITELY “decline” in light of the recent violence. “HOTELS in Istanbul are starting to feel THE BRUNT OF THE CRISIS“ again AS EXPECTED because PEOPLE ARE NO LONGER TRAVELING TO TURKEY or making FEWER trips to Turkey (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“Fresh demonstrations were also planned in the capital Ankara – where Erdogan is expected to be on Sunday (June 9, 2013) – as the crisis entered its NINTH day”.
According to 22-year-old Aleyna, “wrapped up under a blanket with a stray kitten, pointing to her dirty clothes”, “A week ago (June 1, 2013), I COULD NEVER IMAGINE MYSELF sleeping out on the streets of Istanbul. NOW I DON’T HOW I CAN EVER GO BACK“. “Now I don’t know how I can go back”:HOME? That’s NOT good.
“Erdogan, on Saturday (June 8, 2013), was meeting in Istanbul with top officials of his Justice and Development Party (AKP) to discuss the crisis and a deputy prime minister was due to make a speech later on Saturday (June 8, 2013)”.
“He renewed a call for an immediate end to the protests a day earlier (June 7 2013), saying his government WAS OPEN TO (?) “democratic DEMANDS “, insisting that the protests were “bordering on VANDALISM“. Calling protesters “vandals” sounds like MUAMAR GADHAFI talking about AL-QAEDA and BASHAR AL-ASSAD talking about “armed gangs”, “armed groups” and “terrorists” all over again. Turkey has clearly taken a HUGE step BACKWARD here.
“Faced with international criticism, Erdogan on Friday (June 7, 2013) ACCUSED Western allies of double standards after EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule urged a “SWIFT and TRANSPARENT (?)” probe into police abuses in Turkey, a longtime EU HOPEFUL“. There are TWO things to note here. First, POLITICIANS rarely if ever do things “swiftly” and no government is COMPLETELY “transparent”. On top of this, in order to join the EU or HAVE A BETTER CHANCE OF IT, Turkey must have A STABLE GOVERNMENT which it DOESN’T have right now. The Turkish government is in ANARCHY right now and as we know, government anarchy IS NOT what the EU is looking for.
“Erdogan issued a sharp retort, saying those involved in a similar protest would “face a HARSHER response” in any European country”. REALLY?
“The premier, who has dismissed the demonstrators as “looters” manipulated by extremists, added in a more conciliatory tone: “I’m OPEN-HEARTED TO ANYONE WITH DEMOCRATIC DEMANDS (?)” Again, REALLY? Also, once again, “looters” sounds like “armed groups”, “armed gangs” and Al-Qaeda all over again.
To conclude, let’s return once again to the title: “Turkey protests continue as TOURISM woes grow“. Well, this is EXPECTED (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI), because VERY FEW people, if anyone, wants to visit a country IN ANARCHY/ON THE BRINK OF FALLING INTO THE ABYSS/COLLAPSE.