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-- government is looking to put an end the violent protest they're looking for bad.
We'll see what happens police use water cannons and tear gas to break at demonstrations -- -- involved the White House calling on both sides resolve the situation -- dialogue.
Turkey is not a member of NATO and a close US ally in -- last night's protests may look like the Arab Spring we're sure that you've -- that comparison.
Our next guest says Turkey is very different and we need to know that -- primarily as a senior fellow with the Cato Institute said Doug why why is it different.
The critical difference here is that Turkey is a democracy.
The prime minister's been elected his party has won three straight elections.
Every election they gain popular vote.
Polls show he -- support about half the population which is the percentage.
-- his party got in the elections a couple of years ago.
So he's not likely to be toppled the way we saw these authoritarian regimes this is a very different system he has problems but this is a democracy.
There have been some questions raised though about other democratically elected leaders like -- seeing -- -- Ahmadinejad in Iran for example and there seems to be a widespread -- wide swath of the public in Turkey that have an issue with his his rule.
What even though that he is elected -- does have other support.
-- what about that what about Derek criticism.
This government is any of it -- I'm.
Of course I mean but this is not Iran and -- he's not -- a job.
The difference here is that he's kind of arrogant I think that he is having won three elections he now thinks he's kind of you know the colossus of -- he's been in power for a decade.
He clearly believes that when you take power like this you're responsible to your voters who don't care much what the other side thanks.
And his government has grown more authoritarian -- put pressure on the military has put pressure on the media.
It's arrested people it shouldn't have so there are things that it's been doing good or bad.
The good news is -- a democratic response here which is upcoming elections next year municipal presidential the year after that parliamentary.
So again we're looking at a different kind of system than what we see -- Egypt where there's really no effective constitutional rule.
You know there's very much concern over -- Muslim Brotherhood were no role.
This is a system where he took power and dismantle lot of authoritarian controls.
Now unfortunately he's moving in the other direction so what.
And moving in the other direction at that I didn't really surprising to learn that Turkey has more journalists in prison.
Then Iran or China combined and there have been some concerns about.
-- freedom of the press in this democracy in Turkey.
And and what about religion in public schools there and and some comments about how many children women should -- and those comments by air to wind should we as it did the ally in this country.
In all concerned with with seventh and that remove it he said -- move towards more authority and the -- Terry is it is isn't meant by it's easy enough for me -- -- Should we be concerned how could show concerns we'd be about the move -- that erection.
Also rewards concerned what this country needs is to become a liberal democracy democracy return -- the liberties protected.
It is never really have that in its history what's important is in judging -- mr.
realize that he came in dismantle the military dominated.
Nationalist authoritarian system that was very good many liberals and Turkey really liked him.
Since say 20082009.
Somewhere in there he started moving in the other direction and that should concern as -- concerns people in Turkey.
And that's what these protests reflect it's about far more than a park it's about the direction that he's going.
My hope is the Turkish people will use this is an opportunity to insist that he changed direction and they have the ballot box they can do that.
That great to see you thank you so much happy to be --
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