More than a week after they erupted, protests in Turkey continue to go strong. Just as during the Cedar Revolution in Lebanon, in which Hezbollah thugs and pro-government forces sought to match every anti-government demonstration, so too in Turkey is Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan seeking to meet rallies with counter-rallies. While the state-controlled and Islamist press has given tremendous coverage to the supporters who have met Erdoğan upon his return from a North Africa trip, it seems there may be less to the government’s supporters than meets the eye. Again, just as Hezbollah embraced “fauxtography” during its 2006 war with Israel, so it seems that Erdoğan’s supporters are now trying to achieve through photoshop what they haven’t been able to in reality. He may still triumph, but how sad it is that with every passing day, Erdoğan consolidates the image of an anti-democratic thug.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
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