Turkey’s silent minority standing proud for the first time

A veteran journalist’s take on the government and the protesters, with a succinct account of the key events and statements since 28 May – with links to her previous articles and other news items.

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“At the end of the day, a legitimate but incoherent movement may not be able to stand up to the might of an illiberal state. But if the lone standing man of Istanbul who instantly turned into a symbol and inspiration for thousands more to do the same is anything to go by, Turkey has at last discovered the power of peaceful civil disobedience.

After all, history has shown us time and time again that those on “their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police” are afraid of words and thoughts. “Words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home – all the more powerful because forbidden – terrify them.”

 

Firdevs Robinson, Open Democracy, 20 June 2013

For the full article: http://www.opendemocracy.net/firdevs-robinson/turkey%E2%80%99s-silent-minority-standing-proud-for-first-time

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