July 17 2020
The current Islamic-nationalist coalition is no political Frankenstein that came out of the blue. Rather, it is the organic product of Turkey’s capitalism for the past 40 years. This causal relation from which it benefits and gains most of its support, is at the same time its Achilles’s heel.
The veterans and family members of the deceased from the coup attempt in July 2016 who were trying to learn what happened to all the donations collected in their names were beaten in front of the ruling AKP headquarters last week. This protest was small in terms of the number of participants but a giant event in terms of its meaning.
Instead of extensive and detailed expressions about the solution to the Kurdish issue, the document highlights an approach that can be summarized as a “peaceful” solution. Throughout the entire text, it stresses that Turkey’s real problem is the current administration system, which is described as the “institutionalization of fascism.”
Turkey finds itself amid an epidemic that threatens everyone indiscriminately, rich or poor. The ruling AKP, which came to power with a populist rhetoric catering to “those without a voice” is again helping the capital-owing class. While bosses are videoconferencing, workers are forced to work with no precautions.
Sometimes it is not a coincidence when a single criminal case ends up becoming a snapshot of the problems of an era. What occurred after the suspicious death of a 23-year-old woman shows us a picture of Turkey today, with its current labor regime, justice system, immigration policies, violence and discrimination against women, and privileges for those in power.