Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Erdogan's democracy bus ride

As a little footnote to my piece on the Turkish protests, a little nugget I have just discovered (h/t: Harry's Place). In what seems now like quite a prescient interview earlier this year, King Abdullah of Jordan is quoted as saying the following:
''Erdogan once said that democracy for him is a bus ride,'' Abdullah told the Atlantic. ''Once I get to my stop, I'm getting off."
In the context of the reaction to the protests, and the frustrating comments of many that he is a "moderate", I find these words particularly chilling.

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