The nation of Turkey has made great strides in creating the foundation of a modern democratic society, but every so often vestiges of the old authoritarianism crop up. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited the town of Diyarbarkir last year during which time two young men mounted a protest against his arrival in the area. The Turkish government charged the men with aiding and assisting terrorism by protesting the prime minister of the nation. The two men were not members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, and one of them was actually due to enter the armed forces the day after the protest.
Me thinks the Turkish government doth portray a lack of sound judgment in sending two young men to jail for eleven years. They protested, they did not break any law or endanger any lives. How about the quality of mercy in this case?