Turkish Leaders Talk Turkey

The current impasse in Turkey between those seeking to half construction of a mall began when activists took over a park in order to demonstrate their anger at the increasing autocratic behavior of Prime Minister Recep Erdogan. It has since escalated into violent confrontations because Erdogan believes he is defending the government of Turkey. Several Turkish trade unions announced they would go on strike in order to demonstrate support for those fighting to defend Gezi Park against destruction. Police stood guard over Taksim Square to prevent activists from entering the area in order to continue their protest.

There is no doubt some unionists who protest a government decision to build a mall will be punished, if not arrested for daring to make clear support for activists. Erdogan has lost credibility as an international leader, but he definitely has boosted his ego.