The on-going demonstrations in Turkey have been hailed by some as the start of an Arab spring-like movement, while others describe it as a minor blip on the radar of international news – a five minute story that will go away in a week or two.
But what do you think we’re witnessing? Is it the beginning of a revolution? A minor incident bound to leave little more than a ripple in the world of international politics? Or is it something else again?
One Europe looked for the views of several politicians and decision makers and we decided to focus on the condensed version of their views on the matter to that can be found in the limit of 140 characters available in a tweet.
Here’s what some of them said about the situation and what we are likely to see in the coming days and weeks:
Istanbul 2014 like Paris 1968, not all good& democratic but worth it in the end #chienlistanbul ow.ly/lGyeY #gezipark
— Andrew Duff MEP (@Andrew_Duff_MEP) June 6, 2013
#Turkey: severity with which the police responded is completely disproportionate and will only lead to expansion of the protests.
— Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament (@MartinSchulz) June 3, 2013
EU should listen to demonstrators, and engage not estrange #Turkey marietjeschaake.eu/2013/06/eu-sho…Zeynep Tufekci, a fellow at the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University, who is in Gezi Park at the moment tweeted:
— Marietje Schaake, member of the EU Parliament (@MarietjeSchaake) June 6, 2013
First day #occupygezi impressions. This isn't Tahrir as the country is polarized, not united. Otoh, this isn't Occupy. Much bigger, broader.
— Zeynep Tufekci (@zeynep) June 10, 2013
But what is your opinion? Will the protests die away on their own or is there more to come. And what does it all mean? Tell us on Twitter by tweeting @One1Europe using the hashtag #oneeuturkey.
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