Vanessa Redgrave sees the Light

Not too long ago the mainstream media in western countries hailed Recep Tayyip Erdogan , prime minister of Turkey, as an Islamic moderate , the model leader of a Muslin democratic state. He was lauded as responsible for the substantial Turkish economic development which had taken place under his rule. It was thought that Erdogan's Turkey would be considered an acceptable candidate for membership in the European Union after 26 years of rejection. The image of Erdogan as the benign leader of a state with genuine democratic principles was, however, shattered by his brutality and sanction of the disproportionate use of force by the Turkish police in dealing with the peaceful unarmed protestors in Taksim Square and Gezi Park on May 28, 2013 in Istanbul. Against the demonstrators who were protesting the building of a shopping mall and a mosque in the Park, the police had used tear gas, water cannons, and rubber bullets. Erdogan is now widely recognized as an authoritarian ruler. He is also...(Read Full Article)

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