This weekend’s protests against a construction project in Istanbul are part of an age-old culture war in Turkey between leftists averse to economic development and a reckless centre-right government, writes Mustafa Akyol of Hürriyet Daily News.
These days, two hot topics are on the top of the agenda of Turkey’s age-old kulturkampf, or culture war: The demolition of the Gezi Park near Istanbul’s Taksim Square, and the building of the third colossal bridge over Istanbul’s Bosphorus strait. And in both issues, several layers of tension are added on top of each of other.
One of those layers is the traditional aversion of the Turkish left to any new sign of economic development. Condemning every new project in Turkey as a heinous plunder of “capitalism,” this mindset has traditionally opposed many things that has made Turkey a more livable place.
Date created : 2013-06-02