The riots in Turkey were sparked by the decision to destroy a public garden to build a commercial center in its place. That was the spark. One other thing that really fuelled the protests was Erdogan calling the founder of the Turkish Republic and a real statesman Mustafa Kemal Ataturk almost directly as a drunkard. I do not think Erdogan will be able to slide through this one! He went too far being himself drunk with power and seeing himself as the reincarnation of the Ottoman Sultans. The Turkish success has its price too. In many professions, jobs the rights of the working people are not protected. I remember talking our taxi driver about his new job as a driver. When I asked when does he work, his work hours he responded that when the boss calls he had to go to work. In Istanbul in many neighborhoods shops are open even after 9 o'clock at night. The freedom of the press is not his forte also. In Reyhanie when 757 deaths were reported as a result of a car bomb attributed to Syrian secret service or refugees in the Milliyet Newspaper's electronic edition one of the writers claimed that many of the deaths were not caused by the car bomb but were as a result of the locals lynching the Syrian refugees. Instead of a Government official reaction this piece was not on the Internet after 2 hours it appeared!! I do not know if the writer is now in jail or otherwise. It is also a standard practice that your phones can be tapped without any judicial oversight. Yes the "quality of life" as you call it improved mostly for people close to the government circles. A 10 % limit to enter a candidate to the parliament also is not democratic at all. This is translated to simply a political party getting say more than 3 million votes not entering a single representative into the parliament. I wish the protesters succeed. Their success will not be like the success of Syrian insurgents' success. The results of the latter's success will probably be much worse than Assad for all!
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