Monday, June 10, 2013

Turkey's Opposition Leader: PM 'Throwing Society into the Fire'

Turkey … the struggle continues.

Secular Turks are rebelling against a despotic prime minister's Islamizing project.

The protesters see themselves as Ataturk's political heirs. 

Perhaps half the country supports the regime; but its legitimacy has been badly shaken by savage police violence. The regime now rests on tear gas.

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Foreign Confidential analysts believe PM Recep Erdogan could be planning an all-out assault on demonstrators at key locations.

He appears to also be considering a mobilization of pro-regime mobs and thugs to crush the protests in police-assisted street battles.

Key question: where does the army stand? It is the traditional guardian of Turkey's secular system; but the officer corps has been weakened by purges and arrests.