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The week that changed Turkey?

June 3rd, 2013
04:18 PM ET

CNN's Christiane Amanpour speaks with a Turkish scholar about the anti-government protests sweeping that country.

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  1. Ebru Üzümcü

    I'm glad that you're speaking up and asking questions which is getting dangerous and ignored here in Turkey. You can do it and walk away freely whereas we take big risks and get punished in doing so. That's why this protest has become soooo big.Thank you.

    June 4, 2013 at 1:12 am | Reply
  2. Elif Solar

    Thanks to Christiane Amapour for asking the questions that our own press in Turkey couldn't and wouldn't because they put their own interest before their country and they are all Erdogan's puppets.

    June 4, 2013 at 1:24 am | Reply

    I am trying to watch video from Turkey but unfortunatelly nothing appears, is there any youtube link ? or anywhere I can watch.

    June 4, 2013 at 2:47 am | Reply
  4. Aytac Deliktas

    Hi Mrs. Amanpour,
    I am writing you this as a Turkey born an American citizen feeling so sad about the country I was born. I just wanted you to explain the main reason of this passive resistance of Turkish public.
    -Why Artillery Barracks (Old Topcu Kislasi- New Taksim Gezi Parki)?
    -What Artillery Barracks Symbolyze to PM Erdogan and AKP government?
    – WHY is there so much brutality?
    All these questions are answered in our own history, if you look at this example below you can get a better understanding what Erdogan and AKP goverment wants and why Turkish people became together as one heart, one soul after a long time against AKPgovernment.
    MARCH 31 INCIDENT-There was a big incident in Istanbul against the Ottoman government after the declaration of 2nd Mesrutiyet. This incident occured in accordance with the julian calendar March 31st 1325 (April 13, 1909 ) that’s why it’s known as March 31st Incident in history. It was started with the Hunter Battalion soldiers in Taksim Barracks on the night of April 12 to 13 rebelled against theirs officers and started marching to the Ottoman Parliament ( Meclis-i Mebusan) , controlled and defeated by the Action Army and stepped down of the Adulhamid 2nd from the throne came to an end.
    Who were these agitators of this big incident? Let’s name them; A fetva written by Dervish Vahdettin who wants Sharia Laws as an radical extremist islamist and published, financed and patronized by the British newspaper the Volcano, the opposition Ahrar Party surroundings, İttihad-i-Mohammadi Committee, Celebrities among the supporters of the league; provocative and decentralized Prince Sabahattin Bey, Mizanci Murat and and today 's power murshid of Erdogan and AKP government Said-i Nursi the deranged.
    Prof. Dr. Sina Aksin "Young Turks and the Committee of Union and Progress" in his book (S116-120) after the political situation depicted writes "... the more dangerous and put into effect a cure, and the union of the clergy and religious circles, and action against Hilmi Pasa and Ittihat and Terakki Party . This kind of action favorable ones, madrasah, ie students of these madrasah called ilmiye talebeleri. " ( Radikal islamist belivers).
    The slogan "We want Sharia!" is a "military + civilian" was a coup d'etat. Organized by opponents of the Ittihat and Terakki Party but did not succeed.
    What would happen if they were successful is unknown, but among them all, including staff of the of Independence War(1919 -1923) of our country Turkey, Our great leader and Chief Commander of this independence war Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and scholar (harbiyeli) head of the officers would have gone. March 31 did not succeed to win the War of Independence and the Republic was founded.
    Taksim Artilery Barracks have a very bad reputation in terms of history, which provide no value in terms of architecture, such as planting stakes in Taksim Square identified the Republic, the reactionaries "to symbolize the 31 March Incident" and "revenge" has no meaning other than!
    Erdogan and AKP government is coming from this radical islamist roots, most of their grand fathers were oppositions( big part of them were the leaders, agitators or part of these extreme islamist based riots in our history)of our Independence War and convicted in military court. They were deemed enemy of the country and punished by death by hanging.

    As a finale, Erdogan and AKP government want revenge from our Democratic and Independent Public Republic of Turkey. They’ve started a counter revolution against Democratic Republic to destroy it and able to back to dark ages, to able to rule the country by Sharia laws,
    -They are trying to destroy everything a bout of our Independence War,
    -Everything about Ataturk, everything about modern Turkey.

    All Turkish people finally figured out what Erdogan and AKP government really want to do! That’s why millions of Turkish people in 45 different cities (every passing day new cities are joining) been passive protesting him and his government since 5 days to resign and AKP government to step down.

    PS. You hardly find news about this protest against Erdogan and AKP government in Turkish media because they’re controlled by government and blacked out since this protest started. Only 2 TV channels ( Halk TV and Ulusal Kanal) were on live news from the protest since 5 days. All other Tv channels didn’t show any news even 5 secs like nothing was happening like a fasist regimes, like dictatorship regimes. So sad but it’s absolute truth.

    Thank you,
    Aytac Deliktas

    June 4, 2013 at 6:09 am | Reply
  5. eylul

    We cant speak,We can't tell how we feel, what we think, what we want. Because they feel that they can decide everything ""BECAUSE THEY KNOW THE BEST"" But people got sick of it. Taksim was the last point that people couldnt stand it anymore, Since they started govern us, they also started their restrictions, destroyings all over our lives. We dont want him anymore but they still think that it is only because of the park. It is not only park,It is our freedom of speech,freedom of live, our future, democracy,secularism everything... We want our rights to speak,live... In which democracy is possible to behave like this??? He believes that he is representing the majority, Doesnt he see the millions of people on the streets that they dont want this system anymore???? If there is democracy, why he is not representing all people even if they didnt vote for him??? Because in the democracy, a President should not represent only the peole who voted for them, He should represent All his peole that belong to his country,Isn't it?? He is calling people that are protesting him that we are stupd, we are illiterates. I am a Master student abroad, I studied my bachelor in Turkey and also in Netherlands. I am at the same time working. All my professors from Turkey are also relly qualified people, my parents are lawyers and qualified people. Who is pretesting and wants to have human rights in Turkey are mostly aware of eveerything!!!! That's why we want to have our rights!!!!!!! we cant accept everything that he is doing and we dont want a dictator anymore...

    June 4, 2013 at 8:25 am | Reply
  6. Liz Herdman

    Check this out...

    The protesters are not marginals...not extremists...not criminals... they are Turkish citizens...of all religious and political persuasions...they are academics, students, housewives, taxi drivers, secretaries...they are Turks..and I'm very proud of them.

    June 4, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Reply
    • Serah

      Thank you Liz, i am proud of them too!

      June 4, 2013 at 10:16 pm | Reply
  7. Serah

    Hello Christiane,
    I am a Turkish/Australian actress living here in LA. I've lived & worked in Turkey for many years & am well known there. Growing up in Sydney i was brought up to speak my mind & ask questions. Living in Turkey was a whole other experience. The current regime does not support 'ask'ing anything, you are meant to accept it and sit down. People live in constant fear of saying anything in public. My phones were tapped & i was questioned several times in police custody.

    I was also questioned by RTUK (the governments media censorship board) for apparently things i said on live TV that were deemed 'immoral' ... What was it i said i hear you ask? It was a talk show we (the host, my colleague is also a good girlfriend) and we were joking about modern relationships i said "Men don't want to buy the cow now cause they're getting milk for free" these exact words!!! The TV station got reprimanded & i got blacklisted. Further insult came when i demanded the head of the of RTUK a man named Zahir Akman was not fit to discuss my 'morality' when he himself swindled millions of dollars from a charity he & various AKP politicians set up names 'Deniz Feneri' (please google Deniz Feneri trials) They all got away unscathed. What happened to me? They tapped conversations between my boyfriend & I (he was my boyfriend of 2 years & i had already broken up with him 3 years prior & was living full-time in Los Angeles when this happened) Well they marred my name saying i was 'entertaining men' . The boyfriend in question was the son of a well know opposition party leader. They created this 'bogus' scandal a month before the elections & his father WITHDREW from said elections!!!

    This is how Erdogan and his party are running the country. It is a 'fear' based regime, anyone who speaks against the government is marred (well they are all in prison now anyway) Artists are afraid to speak out because we are black-listed & risk loosing our livelihood. Businessmen ditto. Everyone's phone is being tapped!!! The media has been unable to report whats going on for the same reasons. Most left wing military personnel are in prison too with bogus claims. They don't even know why they are held there. They've been in jail for over 3 years now. We have ALL collectively had enough. We want Erdogan gone.

    As for my people i couldn't be prouder they've had the courage to finally do this. You see Turkish people are not the kind to dissent. They are brought up to respect their elders, whoever that may be. For Turkish people to do this OMG!- required an eruption of unprecedented levels- really!!! But what i know about them- it takes alot to get them going but once they do- they will never ever give up :))) Those kids in Gezi Park are the grandchildren of soldiers who ate their own shoes out of hunger in Gallipoli & did not surrender & i am PROUD of each and every one of them!!!

    Thank you!
    PS. i've done interviews for CNN World Report and anchored news too...

    June 4, 2013 at 10:46 pm | Reply
    • coloneltom1

      Well said Serah, Even tourists are not safe in Turkey, Remember "Midnight Express, and my book "Run toward the blazing sun" wordpress. As a travel agent tourist I too was abused by the police and government there, my crime? supposedly "Insulting the Turkish government" how could that be? I cant even speak Turkish. However I was forced to escape from there by crashing my Land rover across the Meric River bridge into Greece. My heart goes out to the brave Turkish people who only want freedom.

      June 21, 2013 at 7:40 am | Reply
  8. saltko

    @aytac deliktas ozet gec pich

    June 5, 2013 at 4:13 am | Reply
  9. osmanlı torunu

    Mr. Christiane Amapour Why do you always want to see the side of the majority viewing Announce sesinide to earth .... Turks and ignorant society and not a pure real allies we have seen after these events, please do not make false news manşetlerinize eight months after the re-selected, and remember what it erdoğan yazıcaksınız wonder we torunuyuz Ottoman Turks ruled the seven cihana Arabs confuse us ....... ...

    June 20, 2013 at 1:42 am | Reply
  10. Alpaslan

    Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is not a diktatör. An elected Prime Minister in the democratic. Trip to the park, the military coup in Turkey before most of pointers and its political extensions. Bomb the American embassy which gave open support to this action groups. Many of the activists in the country for many years the exploitation of children elitist.

    CHP activists suspected of belonging to an extension of his political thought and in Turkey coup and an elected prime minister and the two secretaries of the four were executed. CHP activists suspected of belonging to an extension of his political thought and in Turkey coup and an elected prime minister and the two secretaries of the four were executed.

    8 hours of uninterrupted stay in the air without CNN What about advertising? The Turkish nation will never forget those days before history and impact and accountability from those who will ask her dish in the days to come.

    Respect for justice and the choice of millions of silent waiting for their homes to friends and foes alike gave response provoked by being caught up in a democracy. Also if you have to also give the streets. The preference of the majority of the rights of the minority, yes, but also learn to respect everyone. I wonder if our friends in the Western deceived us for years? Democracy is not it? Democracy, everyone came to work as a management uses? Minority to dominate the majority? The government says it will not if the artillery barracks of the judiciary, a negative result. Is the result of the plebiscite in favor of the judgment whether the government will act in accordance with the opinion of the people, he says. How is that undemocratic? No matter where they got this dictatorship?

    June 24, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Reply
  11. Alpaslan

    Son olarak burada kendi milletini, kendi hükumetini eleştirerek dışarıdan yandaş bulmaya çalışan tipler, sizlere denecek hiç bir söz yok. Adam gibi çalışıp, üretmediniz, yan gelip yattınız. 250 yıldır anadolu insanını bu şikayet ettiğiniz batılıların silahlarının karşısında kelimenin tam anlamı ile biçtirdiniz. biz ürettik siz istanbul da ve sahillerde tükettiniz. Başımıza PKK yı musallat ettiniz dağlarda yine anadolu insanı öldü. Siz AVM lerde keyif çatarken biz öldük. Amaaa artık yağma yok. Bize ölmeyi emretti komutanlar, biz öldük, zafer kazandık size övünmesi düştü. Sorgulamadan öldük hem de ülkemiz için milletimiz için yaşat ki yaşayasın dedik. Ama siz ve o kahrolası zihniyetiniz kendiniz yaşadınız ve bize hiç yaşam hakkı vermediniz. Şunu o koca kafalarınıza sokun. Evet biz müslümanız ve sizi her şeye rağmen affederiz AMA BİR DAHA ASLA SİZE BU ÜLKENİN YÖNETİMİNİ VERMEYİZ. KANIRTA KANIRTA "ÇOĞUNLUĞUN" YÖNETİMİNİ KABUL EDECEKSİNİZ. EŞŞEK GİBİ YÖNETECEĞİZ SİZİ. Hadi dağılın artık şerefsizler.

    June 24, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Reply
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      Harikasın dostum. takipleşelim lütfen @musstafadogan

      May 7, 2015 at 5:36 am | Reply
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