By Micah HalpernI've Been Thinking:
Protests plague Turkey once again.
This time around the protests have erupted for several reasons.
Most important is that a 15 year old boy died from the wounds he suffered during an anti-government protest in June last summer. The boy was hit with a tear gas canister and lapsed into a coma. Upon his death, huge rallies were organized.
Although people are, quite rightfully, upset by the death of this young man his death is really a tool with which to draw Turks to the protests.
The real reason for the huge anti-government protests taking place now is that in less than three weeks the nation goes to the polls. And although the elections will only be for municipal and regional posts, the entire country will be voting.
The election is seen as a referendum for or against President Erdogan.
For the first time since he was elected to power nine years ago in 2003, Erdogan is worried.
In December major players associated with Erdogan were arrested and investigated on corruption charges. He has since begun a significant - but unsuccessful - campaign to prop himself up and deflecting the bad PR.
Turkey has been out of the limelight for some time. Expect it to return to center stage in the next month.
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