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Why the world is worried about Turkey

March 8, 2020

“I say this over and over again; this is
not a system that belongs to Tayyip Erdogan” It’s really never a good sign when
a person one refers to himself in the third person. “I am a mere mortal… i can die at any time.” and more importantly has to repeatedly deny that they’re a dictator. “Here we have an election, if you say a ballot box produces a dictatorship, then you are being unfair to the ballot box process”
On April 16, Turkey narrowly voted yes on a referendum that will dramatically reorganize the government. It allows changes that give sweeping powers to the President, Tayyip Erdogan. He could have complete control of Turkey’s budget and military, will be able to appoint judges to the courts without a vote, can dissolve parliament whenever he chooses, and can stay in power until 2029. This has prompted concerns that he’s becoming too authoritarian – and these concerns aren’t that outlandish. Mostly because Turkey was built by an authoritarian… What’s interesting about this vote is that
if you look at the arc of modern turkish history, it begins with Kemal Ataturk Ataturk was a military general who created the Republic of Turkey out of the collapsed Ottoman Empire in 1923. During his 15 years in office, he enjoyed
similar powers now held by Erdogan. And he used them to build Turkey into a modern and secular state. Turkey’s new government separates church and state. He banned head coverings, To Kemal, this headgear, the fez, symbolizes Turkey’s oriental fatalism and ignorance. He will abolish it. He put mosques under state control, Islamic traditions are shattered He made it basically illegal to discriminate against women. He takes pleasure in the company of emancipated women. He made women’s education compulsory, he made literacy rates rise,
he made schools opened everyone, To make a modern nation, all Turkey must be sent to school. Ataturk also industrialized his country. Under his watch, the industrial sector saw
a sharp increase. And his liberal foreign policies built a close
relationship with the West which paved the way for Turkey to join the NATO alliance in 1952. We know that Ataturk succeeded because for decades Turkey was a modern secular Western country, like he wanted it to be. Ataturk is dictator, so that Turkey will never again have a dictator. And now you have President Erdogan, President Erdogan is going in literally the opposite direction. He wants to make the country more openly religious. He wants to get rid of and has already gotten rid of much of what Ataturk had done. But how does a religious conservative leader acquire so much power in a secular country? To understand this, you have to know what
happened to Turkey after Ataturk’s death. For 5 decades, the country was constantly in a state of upheaval. Ataturk had given the military the responsibility of keeping Turkey secular. And they did so by staging coups in 1960,
71, 80 and again in 1997. While the interventions were meant to keep Turkey democratic, the instability left the country in poor shape. So in the nineties and even to the early two
thousands Turkey had a totally completely stale economy,
the GDP growth would slow unemployment was very high, it was seen as a very corrupt country, the government didn’t function. Enter Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He was the mayor of Istanbul from 1994 to
‘97. Two years later he was arrested for a public
reading of a politically charged Islamic poem by a Turkish Nationalist. Turkey was still a majority Muslim nation
and his arrest made him popular with many who felt oppressed by years of the secular,
military rule. After a short jail sentence, he formed a moderately-conservative political party, the AKP, which went on to win a landslide victory in the 2002 elections,
and he became the Prime Minister of Turkey. Erdogan went on to pull the country out of
poverty by giving more opportunities to Turkish entrepreneurs and expanding access to foreign markets. This led to a sharp rise in the GDP and inflation plummeted. Turkey’s success even prompted efforts to
join the EU. This all made Erdogan wildly popular. It was like he came onto a boat that was listing, and taking on water, and managed get the water out of the boat and made the boat sail straight again. So for many years, you could see why a man like this became as powerful as he became But then he went too far. Over the next ten years, Turkey continued
to grow economically but Erdogan started pushing more Islamist and authoritarian policies. He was quoted saying he did not believe
men and women were equal and that women are meant to be mothers. His government also began arresting protesters
and journalists under the guise of anti-terrorism laws. This stirred unrest in Turkey’s more liberal
urban areas. In 2013, there was a small, peaceful demonstration
in Istanbul’s Gezi park to protest Erdogan’s plans to reconstruct military barracks that
would include a shopping center and a mosque. Seeing the demonstration as opposition, Erdogan
sent in riot police to remove the protesters which quickly attracted more protesters. And it got bigger and bigger because it became
a proxy. From a protest over a park to a protest of
Erdogan, against how religious he was becoming… And it got violent Previsouly he had not been a brutal ruler. After this, he became a brutal one. Erdogan began removing Ataturk’s secular laws more aggressively. He ended the ban on wearing headscarves, tightened
restrictions on alcohol sales, and freed mosques from government control. Then in 2014, Erdogan was elected president
which in Turkey, is a ceremonial role with little real power. But that didn’t put an end to the arrests
made across the country, which indicated that Erdogan was still in charge. And there were two groups of people who are
terrified by this one were the kind of secular Turks who look back to Ataturk and said what
the hell is happening to our country?! And the other was the military and they were the ones, again, who believe that their core mission in life was to keep Turkey secular and that he was a threat. So in July 2016, they staged a coup and it
almost worked. There was one problem — the military couldn’t
get the public’s support this time. Erdogan had found a way to reach his supporters… I want to encourage my people to the streets and invite them to the airports. And together as people gather, to show them, by letting them come with their tanks, to see what they are going to do, do it right there to the people. Erdogan had this amazing moment where he used
face time on his iPhone to kind of rally the country defend the country defend us against the military, come Turks, come to me, come rally around me. and it worked. You had secular Turks for the first time in
years defend Erdogan. You have religious Turks literally stream
from mosques into the streets to fight the military. The military overstepped, you had Turkish
F-16s fire rockets and missiles at parliament, Turkish tanks fired on people on the streets. That was very effective for him. Erdogan emerged from the fighting more popular
than ever and ramped up his purge of the opposition. More than 100,000 journalists, academics,
military officers, and politicians have been arrested since the coup attempt; tens of thousands
remain in detention. This brings us to the recent referendum, which
follows Erdogan’s post-coup popularity. He set it in motion to acquire more power
and make it permanent. But the vote was much closer than he it was
anticipated, suggesting that much of the country wants to hold onto the secular Turkey created
by Ataturk and they are willing to fight for it. I think you’re gonna have the inevitable
tension between a president who believes he’s entitled to more power, taking more and more
of it, and what remains a somewhat secular country not comfortable giving him that power. Do those tensions
play out politically in the courts or in the streets. If it’s actual fighting and violence then
what we know as a democratic Turkey will be be over.

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  1. Before questioning Turkeys religious issue talk about East European countries. They are destroying mosques, slaughtering everyone who is not Christian.

  2. So VOX hates erduan becuas he removed head scarf banned, he open mosqes, banned selling of alcohal publicaly.
    Pro isreal journelisim.

  3. The present leadership of Turkey is unshakable. Western countries are jealous of Turkey
    Creating wrong impression of the country. Turkey do not now down to Western hypocrisy. We love Turkey

  4. In the end, correct or not. Muslim will conquered Turkey. After that, Dajjal AL Masih out from "Jail".Correct me if i wrong.

  5. These kind of channels only know how to show insights of muslim countries nd blackmail therir leaders, forgetting their countries mess

  6. In 2013,there was a small,peaceful demonstration in Istanbul's Gezi park to protest Erdogan ….
    hhahahaha peaceful demonstration.that's good really that's funny .

  7. Nobody has to worry about Turkey, we are most of the time lonewolf standing. Turkey is reaching its biggest goals elhamdulillah. May Allah help and defend Turkey against traitors and enemies. Ameen.

  8. This is actually hilarious content but I can't laugh coz I know that most of people who are watching this video won't know realities.

  9. 2 corrections here:

    1. Wearing headscarves was never prohibited but there were limitations at universities and governmental/military buildings

    2. There were no secular ppl among the ppl who got out on the streets at the night of the coup attempt, they were all Erdogan supporters

  10. This informations is wrong ! İf you want be a good journal you must more good research . so 28 000 people didn't like it.

  11. look at the talking man's face. This man's face screams that he is Jewish.Nobody should surprise, of course he said lier 🤫

  12. The Islamic identity was stolen from the Turkish people. Now they are reclaiming it. End of the story.
    You can put some people sometimes in the dark, but not all the people all the time. He raised a whole new generation able to practice their faith openly without fears. So cut the nonsense crab.

  13. The reason the world iscworried about turkey is 2 world wars on te wrong side and just out for turkey and nobody else plus muslium is the main relign and is just running on that, turkey needs to take astep back and figure out who there freind s are and not the poltics that are trying to run the middle east.

  14. This “yes” and “no” voting was pure corrupt!
    I remember that day very well…..there were more people that said no but for some reason they counted the invalid votes as yes
    And now Erdoğan,or as some turks say “reis” as a joke,is now another step closer to being a dictator

  15. This video is telling lie at 4:32 minutes . Turkey was economically devolpment and foreign forces didn't want this situation ,so this is the reason for the Gezi park . To conclude this video is not quite right.

  16. I think the video should be titled "Why Vox is worried about Turkey" He says (7:08) "what remains a somewhat secular country that isn't comfortable with giving him that power," as if the entire country is against him. What the commentator in the video is really afraid of is religion, because he doesn't realize that secularity is its own religion.

  17. Erdogan is a great man and has done nothing but good to turkey and to all the oppressed people. What you are saying is not what truly happened at all this is just what the us and Israel want to show the world. turkey has accepted refugees (along with many other countries I know) and gave them everything they needed and Erdogan never oppressed his people or has he done any harm towards them. He has always done whatever is good for his people and country. He is truly one of the best presidents out there.

  18. he says that women and men dont have the same talents which is true but are equal in value. he always defends women rights and gives them their value


  20. In the July 15 coup, the soldiers were treacherous soldiers. In the 1980s and 1970s, TV channels were only dependent on the Prime Minister and the party, who thought that the country was bad. For this reason, Tayyip Erdogan was arrested.

  21. at this point whether turkey is right or not about Syria …its time to back off ..attacks in Syria is turning into a humanitarian crisis ..better to leave Syria its the better of the two evils ..as long as turkey country is not threaten or attack everyone should stand by that

  22. These are almost lie . İnformation about Atatürk are soo true . But information about Erdoğan are comment

  23. worried about turkey
    what do the us worry from a country that poses little to no threat to them
    it's sad how people demoralize other ethnic backgrounds with their own point of views
    it said he lifted control on Muslim mosques
    doesn't that mean he made it easier for the country to practice their religion
    instead of feeling scared of soldiers watching their backs while they pray
    their are much more scarier stuff happening now around the world

  24. We The Turks conquered the Constantinople (Capital of Eastern Rome) in 1453 and ruled the very large lands from Vienne to Cairo for 600 years with justice and peace, with respect to all religions and ethnicities.

    In the begining of the 1900s, most of the imperial countries such as Great Britian, France, Italy and their partners Greece and even Anzacs came to the Anatolia however we were the first and only one nation who have defeated this imperials with the leadership of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk in the world history and they have run away without looking back.

    This victory encouraged lots of colonial and oppressed nations who were exhausted of being slaves of western imperials for hundreds of years such as India, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and many others. These honorable nations also won their independence and sovereignty against these greedy and insatiable imperials.

    We many times have changed the world's paradigms and be a supporter and true friends of honorable and aggrieved nations. There is no doubt on that we can do this again!

    Read some history and instead of trying to manipulate people, try to make the world a better place!

  25. I don’t get why it’s soo wrong to be a religious leader in a country with a majority of Muslim and has a long history of Islam and strong faith in the Quran… for me what attaturk did was wrong, I stand with my view that what erdogan doing is very needed to get back the true identity of the Turks.

  26. Finally a person understands the diffeeence between Atatürk and Erdoğan. At 2017 or so Erdoğan erased Atatürk head from 1 Turkish lira but because of Turkish people he made an excuse and put Atatürk back on it. Erdoğan has made many attempts at erasing Atatürk since then but a lot of people in Turkey dont see this.

  27. why should we be worried about Turkey its an islamic state and islamic states are often unstable so there is nothing to worry about its just another day in another islamic state

  28. İn 5:42 the coup (ıdk if ı write this wrobg) was planned by the İslamic terrosits called feto. So ı think military is not military they are Just mercenary. İn the past erdogan is protecting theese terrorists. He says they are Just normal religionist People. Now he says they betrayed Us they are bad guys they did this. Also some politicians warned him before that event but he didnt listened them.
    Edit: oh wait what if erdogan planned all theese stuff to win the election I dont know its sounds weird but what ever

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