Prime Minister Recep Erdogan has been on a roll for the past few years as he consolidates power and destroys any opposition institution. He decided to build a huge mall in Istanbul and ran straight into thousands of people who did not believe the prime minister was also a city designer. They seized Gezi Park and organized protests against his one man rule. After over a week of conflict during which Recep threatened to beat the hell out of those who dare to oppose him, the prime minister decided that quiet if preferable to angry noise of conflict. He announced that plans for the mall were suspended pending a court review.
This may not be the end of this story. Erdogan wants to show the people of Turkey and the world that no one tells the supreme ruler what to do. Was it simply a step back before taking some steps forward that might step on some innocent people??