|As run in the New York Times (6/7/13)|
There's a sad & disgusting reality to what has become of my beautiful home country due to the fascist government who's been whittling away at everyone's freedom since taking office. It started with winning elections by buying the votes of the poor communities & promising the rich ridiculous financial benefits which even the intellectual community couldn't see past. Continued with: desecrating the beauty of the country & its spirit; effectively eliminating the military checks & balances that had been put in place by the incomparable revolutionary mind of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk for the better of the people to help protect from exactly what's going on now; throwing current & former military officers [most who served their country & people their entire adult lives] & journalists in jail under false pretenses & BS accusations; putting its own religious zealots into power positions in the judicial system as well as the police corps; striking deals with corporations owned by those in its inner circle; and buying out the media for its own propaganda. And now this - literally FIGHTING unarmed civilians who have been standing up for what they believe in peaceful protests across the nation. I'm beyond saddened for the state of my home, my parents' home, my grandparents' home, my family's home & for its remarkable people. Power-hungry & corrupt religious extremists have made it what you see today in the news. Equating Erdoğan to Hitler is not an understatement in the least - the man has used the same powers of manipulation & persuasion to take over the minds of a number of its constituents & rules with an iron fist. He basically believes it's his way or no way at all & refuses to listen to the majority of the population. He now taunts the protestors, calling them liars, hooligans & looters. He's doing whatever he can to incite a civil war & to provoke the peaceful protestors toward violence. He's lying & manipulating the press by limiting the violence in areas where the international media is now present while ramping it up in other cities in the nation. I hope that these horrific scenes will truly lead to the start of a necessary & overdue revolution to push out the AK Party [AKP] & bring true democracy back to my beloved Türkiye.
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