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.
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.