A snapshopt from a video clip of one of PM Erdogan’s speech, delivered during his term as Istanbul’s mayor (1994-1998), where he mocks the Turkish constitution and secularism.
With protests flaring across the country, the prime minister and the style of this political system, which was declared as the European role model for “democratic islamism”, when the arab spring started, now faces one of the biggest challenges of his eleven-year reign. (1)
A growing number of people in the country – even those who have supported him in the past – are now accusing Mr Erdogan of a stifling authoritarianism and a subtle shift towards religious conservatism. They say Turkey is secular in name only and that Mr Erdogan is now promoting a distinctly Islamist agenda.
The following text is an excerpt of a speech, which was held by Recep Tayyip Erdogan during his term as Istanbul’s Mayor (1994 – 1998). (2)
So this is what “islamic democracy” sounds like:
“Now, this constitution is full of gaps and holes. Like a rag with patches. The other day journalists asked me what I think about this [constitution]. I said, Look, what do they say? That sovereignty belongs unconditionally to the people. You must think well. When [does the sovereignty belong to the people]? It is only when they go to the polls [every five years] that sovereignty belongs to the people. But both materially, and in essence, sovereignty unconditionally and always belongs to Allah!”
“But the fact is that 99% of the people of this country are Muslims. You cannot be both secular and a Muslim! You will either be a Muslim, or secular! When both are together, they create reverse magnetism [i.e. they repel one another]. For them to exist together is not a possibility! Therefore, it is not possible for a person who says ‘I am a Muslim’ to go on and say ‘I am secular too.’ And why is that? Because Allah, the creator of the Muslim, has absolute power and rule!”
The following pictures (3) will show what the concept of “islamic democracy” means for the public, when the people want to demonstrate for their right of privacy, expression of freedom and wish to fight against the restriction of their civil rights.
So this is what “islamic democracy” looks like:
Even Bashar al-Assad’s regime has issued an advisory against travel to Turkey. (5)
The Syrian foreign ministry warned its citizens about the deteriorating security situation in several Turkish cities, and the escalating protest violence between the Turkish government and Turkish protesters.
Syria even called on Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan to stop the violent repression of the protesters, and if he can’t, then to resign.
The Foreign and Expatriates Ministry advises the Syrian citizens against traveling to Turkey during this period for fear for their safety, due to the security conditions in some Turkish cities that have deteriorated over the past days and the violence practiced by Erdogan’s government against peaceful protesters.