It can’t be that large numbers of educated young people are angry at being ground under by an Islamist dictatorship. That would look like a Turkish Spring. Instead it’s a vast conspiracy by England, the Internet Lobby and the Jews.
The goal of the Islamist AKP regime is to give as much publicity as possible to its international conspiracy theories in order to discredit the protesters. (The conspiracy theories are a joke because the same international groups and governments that backed the overthrow of Mubarak, support Erdogan, his crony capitalism and the Islamization of Turkey.)
But the Mayor of Ankara deserves a special award for beclowing himself above and beyond the call of duty.
The drama began Sunday when Ibrahim Melih Gokcek, the man who has been mayor of Turkey’s capital for more than a decade, accused a reporter from the BBC’s Turkish service of being a foreign agent.
“Led by England, they are trying to collapse our economy via agents hired, both nationally and internationally. They are dreaming for Turkey to be the ‘Sick man of Europe’ once again. Here is a concrete proof.”
Turkey isn’t just the sick man of Europe. It’s the Typhoid Mohammed of Germany and Austria. But a fight between the Beeb, which usually claims Erdogan is running a moderate Islamist democracy and Erdogan’s minions is fun for the whole family.
The BBC issued a statement Monday expressing concern about what it described as threats issued by Turkish officials against a BBC correspondent.
Maybe the BBC shouldn’t have been promoting the AKP out of fear of some vast military Deep State conspiracy that might have preserved freedom of religion in the country.
Gokcek is an elected official from the Justice and Development Party, or AKP, which is led by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Since an unprecedented explosion of street protests against Erdogan erupted more than three weeks ago, the prime minister and his deputies have accused demonstrators of being terrorists and vandals organized by an alleged shadowy foreign conspiracy Erdogan has labeled “the interest lobby.”
Gokcek appeared determined to prove this Sunday via Twitter. Shortly after accusing Girit of being a spy, he announced the creation of the Turkish hashtag #INGILTEREADINAAJANLIKYAPMASELINGIRIT, which translates roughly to “Don’t be a spy in the name of England Selin Girit.”
Why do I have a feeling that old Gok came up with this plan after downing too much Haram Ouzo?
Then, the mayor of Ankara launched a campaign to make the hashtag one of Twitter’s worldwide trends. For the next several hours, he cheered on his followers as the accusation gained online traction with messages like “Keep going Turkiye. Our Hash Tag is ranked 2th. Must place to number 1. This will be our answer to BBC.”
Great plan. It’s not like the Occupy Gezi activists are any good at social media.
Online opponents began mobilizing their own hashtag in response to the mayor of Ankara. They began retweeting the hashtag #provokatormelihgokçek (Melih Gokcek is a provocateur).
By Sunday night in Turkey, #provokatormelihgokcek had replaced the mayor’s hashtag attacking Girit on Twitter’s list of world-wide trends.
So naturally Gokcek responded with the dignity and restraint you would expect of a man who tried to turn his accusation that a BBC correspondent is James Bond into a trending topic on Twitter instead of running his disastrous city.
Gokcek responded by threatening anyone in the world who retweeted the provocateur hashtag with legal action. “My lawyer is going to sue everyone one by one who tweets #ProvokatorMelihGokcek No one can get away with anything because Turkey is a country of law,” the mayor of Ankara announced on Twitter Sunday night.
By law, Gokcek means the AKP’s power to go after people who attack its leaders, while its leaders can casually accuse everyone else of being spies and international conspirators.
“The government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has waged one of the world’s biggest crackdowns on press freedom in recent history,” wrote the Committee to Protect Journalists in a 2012 report. Reporters Without Borders has labeled Turkey among the world’s worst jailers of journalists, since scores of media workers are currently in prison, many of them awaiting trial on terrorism-related charges.
Maybe now the BBC will start paying attention to what Erdogan has been doing all along.