Saturday, 8 June 2013
Ultranationalist Party MHP makes a U-turn
Devlet Bahceli, leader of the far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) had stated last week that the movement consists of separatist and far-left groups who want to terrorize the societal order and the state apparatus. Thus, MHP members ought not to participate in the protests.
Today, however, he said: "It is not an issue of trees. The problem is the defective perception of democracy and an imposing attitude towards the people. The expectation of Erdogan of transition to a presidential system is crushed by youth in Taksim. The AKP is now between the lines recognizing what democracy could look like. The youth that grew up under the AKP governance did not remain silent. Studies have shown that many demonstrators have nothing to do with political groups and parties. The fragility has brought itself into sharp relief in Taksim Gezi Park. The outrageous attitude and style of the minister president is the straw that broke the camel's back. It is in Turkey's interest that this chaos is brought to an end. We now know that people's complaints who are ignored by the AKP has increased. Erdoğan went to far. He has been in power for 10 years and 7 months by relying on vandalism. Turkey can no longer bear the prime minister's haphazardous statements that dictate the agenda." A quite astonshing turn and tactical maneuvre.