CNN PRODUCER NOTE This iReport has not been verified by CNN. This is a personal essay and interpretation by iReporter enaz.
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer
Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan came back to Turkey from Tunis today at 2 am. He was supposed to land at 9 pm but to gather more people to support him, his flight was delayed for 5 hours. Meanwhile, Ak Parti supporters, who were informed and invited to the welcoming via SMS, were transported to the Atatürk Airport by government services. They were also provided subway transportation until 4 am. (Last Train in Istanbul in regular days: 00.30 am) All this indicates to a planned gathering. However Ak Parti executives still claim the exact opposite.
What I would like to draw attention on is the slogan that was chanted by the crowd during the speech:
“Let us go, let’s crush Taksim”. What is mainly annoying here is the attitude of the PM. He just stopped and let them repeat this many times. Tayyip Erdoğan, who is obligated to ensure the unity of 76 million people, divides the country into two groups: ‘us’ and ‘them’. Him ending his speech with the following words “We’re all going to go home from here, peacefully” is actually an allusion to his supporters position. Thusly he refers to his power on those peoples opinions and actions, which is horrifying for the future of our country. He threatened his people before, and he still keeps on.
PLEASE take this important detail seriously. We don’t want this speech to be the beginning of the dark future of Turkey.
Speech: http://youtu.be/yMbyzj4e0cA?t=23m30s (“Yol ver gidelim, Taksim’ i ezelim” means “Let us go, let’s crush Taksim”)
06 June 2013