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Moment -- seeing protesters that number in the hundreds.
As Leland was saying it began as a sort of environmental protests there is being some.
Six concern expressed about some.
Steps taken towards what some see as a hot line Islamic culture but is this is this a real.
Dangerous protest -- is this much ado about nothing right now.
Well I think it's more than much ado about nothing clearly something is going on here.
As you noted it started out as an environmental protests telling you -- this park and -- and square.
Relatively small numbers a few dozen people turned out only five or six days ago.
Up over time in and in particular.
Brutal police tactics in dealing with these demonstrators.
They've been the protests grew to tens of thousands if not more.
And also metastasized.
To other cities around the country robbery is here a number of -- a number of other city.
I think the agreement is clearly have gone beyond our demonstrators burned -- on the streets that.
The protest -- about it's about rising tide they're the ones about they -- pretty.
And -- government.
People in large numbers into the streets to voice their objections to policies that say that -- like.
Why should we here in the United States be concerned ambassador.
Well Turkey has then it is different it's a vital American -- extremely difficult and complicated -- in the world.
Turkey's image over the last ten years that prime minister -- government and cultivated more or less successfully.
As a democratizing.
Country as stable.
Government and its stable country.
I was strong economy all these things really not necessarily so much part of Turkey's if you look back at seven injuries -- and indeed.
Those images democratizing.
Strong and fact that all of those are our undercut -- -- -- by what we've seen on television last couple days.
I think it creates significant problems for prime minister -- he goes forward.
And in preparing the political ground for -- elections.
Municipal presidential and possibly -- also parliamentary elections.
How will we see -- that what is I I guess largely secular group.
On the streets now.
It get behind that in that -- in the background to that.
Is there -- -- rolling up how law.
Although among islamists there and a growing -- -- for political power I mean do you see those upcoming elections.
Turning Turkey into a mall hot line Islamic state all led by hardline islamists.
It's not my impression that that premise here on and at least most of the people around him our quarter court hardline islamists and that you.
That you describe or anything like that that we for example.
Clearly they have used Islam and Islamic symbols.
For their political gain and to some extent has tried to cedar.
To -- an important segment of the top of the Turkish population -- -- class.
I -- marchers look to this city's only in the course.
And that is more conservative than that old elites that have governed Turkey for most of most of that period it's -- -- system.
It remains strong obviously they're they're remain in particular strong hand in -- probable.
These are the largest demonstrations that they have been able to amounts 2011.
The -- party put forward and don't look cool to be it candidate for the presidency.
-- election that took place in two seven.
How you nineteen.
That segment of the population can be politically I think remains very much to be seen.
And in particular how successful it will be.
-- a -- line for US officials to tread I guess ambassador given that as you mention.
But Turkey has in in recent years being such an important ally to the United States is currently.
An important ally as we try to decide how we deal with the civil war in neighboring Syria yet at the same time.
US officials come be -- to be signing off on the kind of up pretty repressive tactics of the Turkish police have used over the last few days.
Well of course the United States cannot do that the White House issued this statement -- early today early yesterday.
Speaking I think very strongly to the right peaceable assembly the right for people to express their views freely.
In a context of the rule of law but both in a sense supporting.
Those were out on the streets expressing their views but also support the idea that those expressions of these have to be.
-- -- lawful manner and not and not violent protests.
Clearly the authorities the police authorities in -- problem -- considerably over the top.
To the -- of personality and so forth there I think -- quite striking.
Surely make many in Turkey and not just the secular opposition to the government but many in the government are very uncomfortable with the portrait that's been created.
All right ambassador Ross Wilson it's a fascinating situation and great to get -- your uniquely expert insights sir thank you very much indeed.
Thank -- that.
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