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Turkey's accession to Dictatorship: Media crackdown and attacking protesters Watch

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    "Turkish riot police have fired plastic bullets and teargas to disperse protesters who gathered outside the country’s top-selling newspaper the day after it was seized by authorities in a violent raid.

    The swoop on Zaman in Istanbul raised fresh concerns over declining media freedoms in Turkey – a key EU ally – ahead of a visit by the country’s prime minister, Ahmet Davutoğlu, to Brussels on Monday for a crucial summit meeting with EU leaders."



    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...-seizure-order

    "If there was any doubt about why the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan seized the newspaper Zaman last week, consider this: Within 48 hours after the takeover, the paper began publishing pro-Erdogan propaganda.

    Zaman, Turkey’s largest circulation daily, was one of the country’s few opposition media outlets before the police used tear gas and water cannons on Friday to disperse a crowd outside the paper’s headquarters chanting, “Free press cannot be silenced” as it raided the offices. The police acted after a court in Istanbul, without explanation, put the paper under the administration of a panel of trustees."

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/08/op...rkey.html?_r=0
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    It is rather odd. They want desperately to be in the EU, but because the EU (especially France) won't let them join, they've decided to throw their toys out of the pram and behave in as un-European a way as possible. They did a similar thing in Eurovision actually, they couldn't join then 'big 5' so they just stopped entering altogether.
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    (Original post by Snufkin)
    It is rather odd. They want desperately to be in the EU, but because the EU (especially France) won't let them join, they've decided to throw their toys out of the pram and behave in as un-European a way as possible. They did a similar thing in Eurovision actually, they couldn't join then 'big 5' so they just stopped entering altogether.
    Joining with the eu is a tactical and economic move. But make no mistake, he is an islamist first.

    He does throw his toys out of the pram because he cannot join the eu. He would do so regardless, abd europe would see a cruel and dangerous regime among its ranks.
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    (Original post by Farm_Ecology)
    Joining with the eu is a tactical and economic move. But make no mistake, he is an islamist first.

    He does throw his toys out of the pram because he cannot join the eu. He would do so regardless, abd europe would see a cruel and dangerous regime among its ranks.
    Of course it's a tactical move. I wouldn't join the EU just for the kick of it. I'm surprised they aren't just opening the borders to migrants and letting them leave Turkey into Europe.
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    Erdogan is a disgusting dictator.


    But such incidents are nothing new in Turkey these days.
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    We should start walling off Turkey.

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    (Original post by Snufkin)
    It is rather odd. They want desperately to be in the EU, but because the EU (especially France) won't let them join, they've decided to throw their toys out of the pram and behave in as un-European a way as possible. They did a similar thing in Eurovision actually, they couldn't join then 'big 5' so they just stopped entering altogether.
    It's working though.


    Part of European's migrant swap deal with Turkey is to fast track its ascension into the EU. Erdogan is absolutely running rings round Brussels, they'll remember him with greater fondness than Kemal. The guy's a genius, he'll probably take the migrant swap, get EU membership + Schengen, then grant the migrants he took back citizenship anyway.
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    (Original post by Feel Tha Bern)
    It's working though.


    Part of European's migrant swap deal with Turkey is to fast track its ascension into the EU. Erdogan is absolutely running rings round Brussels, they'll remember him with greater fondness than Kemal. The guy's a genius, he'll probably take the migrant swap, get EU membership + Schengen, then grant the migrants he took back citizenship anyway.
    It isn't working. His long term goal is to join the EU, that will never happen now.
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    I don't care where Turkey is located they are not a European country. What next allow Zimbabwe to join? makes no sense.

    If Turkey join can you imagine all those tens of millions of Turks coming over? Berlin already looks like Turkey..

    People are mad about the refugee crisis but think what it would be like when they're free to come over here because they're in EU.

    How can they even be considered for the EU given all that they're doing against the Kurds? the allegations of Turkey buying oil from ISIS and supporting them...

    Russia makes more sense to be in the EU. Except they learn from history and know it was a disaster.
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    (Original post by DiddyDec)
    We should start walling off Turkey.

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    And Mexico should pay for it.
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    US and EU will support Turkey no matter what. This just shows that they don't give a damn about human rights or Democracy as long as Turkey is an ally of theirs in the Middle East.

    Another reason why EU is bad imo. How can we impose sanctions on Russia who lets be honest the conflict in Ukraine was provoked by a violent Western backed coup to put in an anti-Russian pro-NATO government. Yet they all turn a blind eye to this.
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    And Mexico should pay for it.
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