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Turkey : Ankara's fear of the yellow West

The Turkish government fears in the face of growing economic problems, the beginning of mass protests by the yellow West, as in France. Inspectors of the Ministry of interior asked according to media reports, recently, in shops for professional clothing, whether more safety vests can be purchased as otherwise.

Also, Erdogan himself shows signs of nervousness. He wants to let a well-known television presenter locked up, because of this on the Constitution securitised demonstration had insisted freedom.

After economic growth fell to 7.3 percent in the past year in the current year to 5.2 percent, and finally to 1.6 percent, the Turkey according to some definitions of a recession. Domestic demand and investment are declining, unemployment is rising, Inflation is running at more than 20 percent. Bankruptcies are on the agenda.

The Opposition a common base

In Diyarbakir, the largest city in the Kurdish area, missing several thousand people demonstrated at the weekend against the drastic price increases of the past few months. Some of the participants wore yellow vests. On the Internet Videos of men, the spread in the teahouse, the leaflets of the opposition party CHP are circulating. Erdogan supporters called on Twitter "traitors" and "provocateurs".

interior Minister Süleyman Soylu to have played reports of potential protests by Turkish yellow West as exaggerated Online rumors, such as the opposition newspaper "BirGün". In fact, Erdogan's governing party has to fear from their critics.

the various government could provide critical groups in the country, no common Basis or organization, the larger protest rallies on the legs. The trade unions are weak; the CHP operates as the largest opposition force in the Parliament of Ankara clumsy and is busy with intra-party squabbles.

government critics and intimidate

Nevertheless, the government reacts with the operations of the police at every peaceful rally, if this is classified as critical of the government. So police officers stop a week with water, the vigils of the "Saturday mothers throwers" in Istanbul, calling for years for information about the fate of the security agencies in the 90s, abducted sons.

investigations against the participants of the Gezi Park protests of 2013, which have recently been opened by the justice, are the opinion of Erdogan's opponents, the intimidation of critics of the government. From a "Paranoia" in Ankara, the opposition politicians, Aykut Erdogdu language to the "BirGün".

The columnist Mehmet Yilmaz of the Internet platform, T24, wrote that Erdogan had "a Problem with democracy". Yilmaz commented to threats from Erdogan against the well-known TV presenter Fatih Portakal, one of the few TV journalists who criticize in a well-established transmitter nor the government open.

"we Are here in Paris?"

Portakal had made in the transmitter Fox, the question, whether in Turkey, peaceful demonstrations against the increases in gas prices were still possible. "We are here in Paris?" said Erdogan in a speech in allusion to France, yellow to the West.

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"The judiciary will give him the appropriate answer," said the President about Portakal. In a further speech on Monday, Erdogan was significant. If Portakal do so, will miss the Nation, "the ass".

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