Wondering why so much hype about Turkish protest ?


After noticing protest in Turkey all over the news, I began to wonder what’s the actual story behind it. That’s unfortunately how I always feel, thanks to the reputation of MSM, which presents mostly what’s not true.

First, like most of the global readers and observers, I started to develop sympathy for the people of Turkey, who were protesting for saving an old park in Gezi. That was based on what I read and saw stories of suppression at a large scale. I felt sorry for them and became apprehensive of the government of Erdogan and specially the way he was handling the growing resentment of the protesters and their plight against state oppression. But as the people grew in number and the protest prolonged and became a mainstream news everywhere, I began to wonder, is that the only reason?

  • How come so many people from around the country protest to save a park ?
  • Why would people protest in large numbers, against the ban of ads and sale of alcohol during 10pm to 6am, in a 99% muslim country ? Note, alcohol is forbidden in Islam.
  • How come environmentalist are willing to sacrifice their life to protect a heritage park?

So, I wondered there’s lot more than meets the eye through MSM. Then, someone shared an article from Turkish’s local newspaper, which says Erdogan is doing aways with the IMF loans once and for all, and for the first time in Turkey’s history. Then, started to researched more on the net to find what could be the real reason for this new and I came accross many articles and specifically following facts.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Tenure For the Turks:

This is what I compiled from Wikipedia. Read them through and try to connect the dots, to find what’s going on.

  • Since 1961, Turkey has signed 19 IMF loan accords. Erdoğan‘s government satisfied the budgetary and market requirements of the two on his watch and received every loan installment, the only time any government has ever done so.[59] Erdoğan inherited a debt of $23.5 billion to the IMF, which has been reduced to $0.9 billion in 2012. He decided not to sign a new deal. Turkey’s debt to the IMF will be completely paid off in 2013.[60]
  • As a teenager, he sold lemonade and sesame buns (simit) on the streets of Istanbul’s rougher districts to earn extra money.[10]
  • In 2002, the Turkish Central Bank had $26.5 billion in reserves. This amount reached $92.2 billion in 2011. In the same period, inflation fell from 34.9% to 5.7%, the lowest in 39 years.[63]
  • In December 2008 he criticised the I Apologize campaign by Turkish intellectuals to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide, saying that “I neither accept nor support this campaign. We did not commit a crime, therefore we do not need to apologize… It will not have any benefit other than stirring up trouble, disturbing our peace and undoing the steps which have been taken.”[29]
  • Erdoğan passed a partial amnesty to reduce penalties faced by many members of the Kurdish guerrilla movement PKK who had surrendered to the government.[27]
  • The water shortage problem was solved with the laying of hundreds of kilometers of new pipelines. The garbage problem was solved with the establishment of state-of-the-art recycling facilities. While Erdoğan was in office, air pollution was reduced through a plan developed to switch to natural gas. He changed the public buses with environmentally friendly buses. The city’s traffic and transportation jams were ameliorated with more than fifty bridges, viaducts, and highways. Erdoğan prohibited the sale of alcohol in city-owned facilities, but later this measure was reversed. While taking precautions to prevent corruption, he took measures to ensure that municipal funds were used prudently. He paid back a major portion of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality‘s two billion dollar debt when he took office and meanwhile invested four billion dollars in the city.[18]
  • Erdoğan passed a partial amnesty to reduce penalties faced by many members of the Kurdish guerrilla movement PKK who had surrendered to the government.[27]
  • Erdoğan tried to attract more foreign investors to Turkey and lifted most of government regulations, with the average GDP growth rate 7.3% during his premiership as he presided over a record 26 quarters of economic growth.[58]
  • Early in his prime ministership, Erdoğan increased the budget of the Ministry of Education from 7.5 billion lira in 2002 to 34 billion lira in 2011, making it the ministry with highest share of the national budget.[66]  Before his prime ministership, the military received the highest share of the national budget.
  • In 2004, textbooks became free of charge and since 2008 every province in Turkey has its own university.[70] During Erdoğan’s prime ministership, the number of universities in Turkey nearly doubled, from 98 in 2002 to 186 as of October 2012.[71]

After looking at these facts, I fail to understand why would the majority protest against him and his government ? Though, it makes a lot of sense, that global powers who try to control every government and try to amass world’s money, would not like Turkey getting self sufficient and Erdogan getting stronger by day, and getting himself re-elected for the third time and planning to establish an islamic system of governance – Khilafah (repeating history, by establishing history’s largest reign of empire). It’s also said that Erdogan has started to take strong actions against military, and foiled several coup attempts against him. And we also remember, when he walked out of the debate during World Economic Forum and the support of palestinians through sending Flotilla ship.

I was able to map similar story, that happened in Pakistan, when Pervez Musharraf was almost about to relieve Pakistan of IMF loans, he was entangled into non-issues, and eventually had to resign and the country never recovered from the position, where he propelled the country to an unimaginable growth.

I also double-checked with Turkish locals on my friend’s list and they also confirmed that the protest does not represent majority and part of it is fueled by the terrorist outfits (like PKK) and majority of people support Erdogan’s policies, who are not showing up in the streets. If I take all other factors aside, which obviously I don’t know, the best solution for Erdogan would be to call up a referendum and get a vote of confidence for himself. 

So, this is what was able to research so far and wanted to share with you all. With the passage of time, it will be evident, what exactly is truth.

Sources:

http://english.sabah.com.tr/economy/2013/05/06/how-did-erdogan-free-turkey-from-the-imf

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recep_Tayyip_Erdo%C4%9Fan

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    • Thanks for your feedback, really encouraging. You know, in today’s world of disinformation, you need to do a lot of research, before you could possibly get little closer to the truth. I always try to get to the truth and share with everyone. The very idea of my blog. Thank you for stopping by my blog post. Best wishes for you.

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