Erdogan: Then and Now

Ah, authoritarians.  Whether "democratically" elected or imposed, they always seem to think that they can do no wrong.  Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has used excessive violence to subdue a protest about a park (there is more to it than that but let us just go with this for now).  This has caused thousands more to head to the streets and protest against this regime that will use anything to suppress opposing views.  Anyone can be elected leader if the opposition's voice is silenced.  The protests and ensuing police violence has culminated in Syria issuing a travel warning to its citizens about visiting Turkey.  So what has Erdogan said in the past and what does he say now?

Then: "They are even shooting these fleeing people from behind.  They are mercilessly shooting them, regardless of whether they are children or women."

Now: "There is now a menace which is called Twitter.  The best examples of lies can be found there.  To me, social media is the worst menace to society."  He has a Twitter account.

Then: "We both agree that Assad needs to go.  He needs to transfer power to a transitional body.  That is the only way we're going to resolve this crisis."

Now: "Police were there yesterday, they’ll be on duty today and also tomorrow because Taksim Square cannot be an area where extremists are running wild.  If this is about staging a protest, about a social movement, I would gather 200,000 where they gather 20 and where they gather 100,000, I would gather one million party supporters."

Then: "We want the United States to assume more responsibilities and take further steps."

Now: "These events are events with links to the outside."

Then: "Mubarak must listen to his people."

Now: "We will not yield to a few looters coming to that square and provoking our people, our nation, based on their misinformation."


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June 3rd, 2013  3:27 PM

Assholes are always defined by their opportunism.