The title of a recently released Yahoo! article is “Tens of thousands on (the) streets, Turkish PM Erdogan DEFIANT” (Web-site/URL: http://news.yahoo.com/turkey-rules-early-polls-thousands-defy-call-end-002534861.html).
“Turkish Prime Minister (Recep) Tayyip Erdogan told flag-waving supporters on Sunday (June 9, 2013) that HIS PATIENCE with mass anti-government protests HAD ITS LIMITS and moved to seize back the initiative by announcing counter-rallies next weekend (June 14-16, 2013)”. “his patience…had its limits” suggests that the “force and pain technique” will be used (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“Addressing thousands of cheering followers at Ankara Airport, one of six rallies on Sunday (June 9, 2013), Erdogan ACCUSED the protesters of drinking beer in mosques and insulting women wearing headscarves, a symbol of Islamic piety – both ACCUSATIONS likely to ANGER his supporters”. There are THREE things to note here. First, “accused” and “accusations” are both examples of “Blaming and criticizing” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-AJviZ8Itk). On top of this, the level of “anger” in the world today seems to be UNPRECEDENTED.
“(Erdogan) told crowds chanting slogans including “We are ready to SACRIFICE OUR LIVES FOR YOU, Tayyip”, “With our government, our party and most importantly, our nation, it is WE who have defended, and are most strongly defending, democracy, law and freedoms“. “We are ready to sacrifice our lives for you, Tayyip” will surely BOOST ERDOGAN’S EGO/make him even more ARROGANT than he is now (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“(Speaking) to chants of “RICH people of Istanbul, evacuate Gezi Park immediately“, Erdogan continued: “We WERE patient, we WILL BE patient, but THERE IS AN END TO PATIENCE“. Erdogan is reiterating this point. Also notice ” RICH people of Istanbul”. So Erdogan ISN’T “rich?” NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH.
“Erdogan called on his supporters to mass in (the capital) Ankara on Saturday (June 8, 2013) and (largest city) Istanbul on Sunday (June 9 2013). But he also URGED PATIENCE (?), telling them: “There will be elections in seven or eight months. We will speak AT THE BALLOT BOXES “. “(calling) on supporters to mass in” two different places certainly DOESN’T sound like someone “(urging) patience”.
“He (Erdogan) suggested Turkey was at A HISTORIC MOMENT“. “Today (June 9, 2013) we ARE NOT at May 27, 1960, nor are we at September 12, 1980, nor are we at February 28, 1997″, “referring to two coups led by a STAUNCHLY SECULAR (separate from religion) military and a third in which an Islamist-led government was forced to resign”. Well, GIGI IBRAHIM (gsquare86) still thinks Turkey is Islamist (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tPGLtE6I18).
“(Speaking) at the opening of the Mediterranean Games, an international sports event”, Erdogan said: “Those now at Taksim (Square), those who BURN and DESTROY, those at various places across the country, I ask them, in the name of which FREEDOM are you doing this?” Does HE (Erdogan) represent “freedom?” It certainly DOESN’T sound like it. You should TEACH THEM A LESSON at the ballot box … YOU WILL go from door to door, house to house and work hard“. “teach them a lesson” and “you will” are the latest examples of the “force and pain technique” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“At another speech in the southern city of Adana on Sunday (June 9, 2013), from atop of a bus emblazoned with his picture and the AK Party’s slogan, “BIG Country, BIG POWER“, Erdogan said: “MY BELOVED BROTHERS (?), we’re walking towards A BETTER Turkey (?)”. ARE WE? REALLY? This is the latest INTERPRETATION (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). “Don’t allow those who attempt to PLANT DIVISIVE SEEDS to do so“. POLITICIANS also “plant divisive seeds” because most POLITICIANS are “divisive” by definition.
“The organizers of the initial protests in Taksim, calling themselves Taksim Solidarity, repeated their call for the redevelopment plans in the square to be abandoned, police use of teargas to be banned, those responsible for police violence to be dismissed and bans on demonstrations to be lifted”. “The DEMANDS are obvious. We call on government to TAKE ACCOUNT OF THE REACTION (on the street), ACT RESPONSIBLY and FULFILL DEMANDS being expressed by millions of people every day“. This DOES NOT seem to be happening. So, Turkish protesters are also becoming DEMANDING (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
Finally, “European Union (EU) foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton called on Sunday (June 9, 2013) for an end to violence and for reports of police abuses to be properly investigated”. “It is essential that ALL VIOLENCE STOPS and that all cases of excessive use of force by the police are recognized as such and INVESTIGATED PROMPTLY and that THOSE RESPONSIBLE ARE HELD FULLY ACCOUNTABLE“. Again, we’ve seen/read/heard this so many times during the course of the Arab uprisings and again, that’s EXTREMELY UNLIKELY to happen.
To conclude, let’s return once again to the title: “Tens of thousands on (the) streets, Turkish PM Erdogan DEFIANT” again, AS EXPECTED (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). POLITICIANS are always “defiant”. Now that there’s unrest in Turkey, it’s only a matter of time before we see/read/hear about LEBANON. The Arab uprisings have now spread into non-Arab and SUPPOSEDLY DEMOCRATIC countries (we saw unrest/upheaval in Lebanon during the aftermath of the film INNOCENCE OF MUSLIMS).