Consumerism in Control – A Profile on the Riots in Turkey
By: Chris Gocklin
Revolution is contagious, and the turmoil spilling over into the turkish border is proving this. As widespread riots in a westernized country who’s population is in anger over the Prime Ministers dictator like ruling, many question does America have anything to worry about?
With this, it begs the question could this be the reason the riots haven’t received the same attention of the mainstream media as Beyonce or the latest smartphone failure tragedy?
With Such Chaos Prim Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan faces his largest threat to his leadership since he took office 10 years ago. With the catalyst of the revolutionary cry being the announcement of a mall to replace a public park, many people have confused this to be the only reason masses have gathered in protest at Taksim square.
But according to Bayram Balci, a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Middle East Program. The protests are a tool, “a way to express people’s general opposition to the progressive dictatorship of the prime minister.”
Balci further illustrated that the prime minister had begun to implement more, “conservative measures”, stating that Erdogan had talked of banning abortion as well as dictating where people can drink alcohol.
May 11, marked the largest terrorist attack in modern Turkish history, claiming 52 lives in the city of Reyhanli. However, due to a court ordered temporary ban on media, the incident was largely unreported.
All of this chaos, is amidst deeper tensions mounting between the ongoing crisis in Syria (of which has also not received significant media attention in much of the Western world especially the U.S.)
Despite many trade routes being blocked by the crisis to the rest of the arab world, Ankara (Turkey’s Capitol) has provided the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood with significant Support.
Turkey is also credited with providing shelter to many Syrian Refugees. Spending nearly $750 million but receiving only $100 million in international aid due to disagreements from donors.