Why the world is worried about Turkey

Why the world is worried about Turkey

“I say this over and over again; this is
not a system that belongs to Tayyip Erdogan” It’s really never a good sign when
a person one refers to himself in the third person. “I am a mere mortal… i can die at any time.” and more importantly has to repeatedly deny that they’re a dictator. “Here we have an election, if you say a ballot box produces a dictatorship, then you are being unfair to the ballot box process”
On April 16, Turkey narrowly voted yes on a referendum that will dramatically reorganize the government. It allows changes that give sweeping powers to the President, Tayyip Erdogan. He could have complete control of Turkey’s budget and military, will be able to appoint judges to the courts without a vote, can dissolve parliament whenever he chooses, and can stay in power until 2029. This has prompted concerns that he’s becoming too authoritarian – and these concerns aren’t that outlandish. Mostly because Turkey was built by an authoritarian… What’s interesting about this vote is that
if you look at the arc of modern turkish history, it begins with Kemal Ataturk Ataturk was a military general who created the Republic of Turkey out of the collapsed Ottoman Empire in 1923. During his 15 years in office, he enjoyed
similar powers now held by Erdogan. And he used them to build Turkey into a modern and secular state. Turkey’s new government separates church and state. He banned head coverings, To Kemal, this headgear, the fez, symbolizes Turkey’s oriental fatalism and ignorance. He will abolish it. He put mosques under state control, Islamic traditions are shattered He made it basically illegal to discriminate against women. He takes pleasure in the company of emancipated women. He made women’s education compulsory, he made literacy rates rise,
he made schools opened everyone, To make a modern nation, all Turkey must be sent to school. Ataturk also industrialized his country. Under his watch, the industrial sector saw
a sharp increase. And his liberal foreign policies built a close
relationship with the West which paved the way for Turkey to join the NATO alliance in 1952. We know that Ataturk succeeded because for decades Turkey was a modern secular Western country, like he wanted it to be. Ataturk is dictator, so that Turkey will never again have a dictator. And now you have President Erdogan, President Erdogan is going in literally the opposite direction. He wants to make the country more openly religious. He wants to get rid of and has already gotten rid of much of what Ataturk had done. But how does a religious conservative leader acquire so much power in a secular country? To understand this, you have to know what
happened to Turkey after Ataturk’s death. For 5 decades, the country was constantly in a state of upheaval. Ataturk had given the military the responsibility of keeping Turkey secular. And they did so by staging coups in 1960,
71, 80 and again in 1997. While the interventions were meant to keep Turkey democratic, the instability left the country in poor shape. So in the nineties and even to the early two
thousands Turkey had a totally completely stale economy,
the GDP growth would slow unemployment was very high, it was seen as a very corrupt country, the government didn’t function. Enter Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He was the mayor of Istanbul from 1994 to
‘97. Two years later he was arrested for a public
reading of a politically charged Islamic poem by a Turkish Nationalist. Turkey was still a majority Muslim nation
and his arrest made him popular with many who felt oppressed by years of the secular,
military rule. After a short jail sentence, he formed a moderately-conservative political party, the AKP, which went on to win a landslide victory in the 2002 elections,
and he became the Prime Minister of Turkey. Erdogan went on to pull the country out of
poverty by giving more opportunities to Turkish entrepreneurs and expanding access to foreign markets. This led to a sharp rise in the GDP and inflation plummeted. Turkey’s success even prompted efforts to
join the EU. This all made Erdogan wildly popular. It was like he came onto a boat that was listing, and taking on water, and managed get the water out of the boat and made the boat sail straight again. So for many years, you could see why a man like this became as powerful as he became But then he went too far. Over the next ten years, Turkey continued
to grow economically but Erdogan started pushing more Islamist and authoritarian policies. He was quoted saying he did not believe
men and women were equal and that women are meant to be mothers. His government also began arresting protesters
and journalists under the guise of anti-terrorism laws. This stirred unrest in Turkey’s more liberal
urban areas. In 2013, there was a small, peaceful demonstration
in Istanbul’s Gezi park to protest Erdogan’s plans to reconstruct military barracks that
would include a shopping center and a mosque. Seeing the demonstration as opposition, Erdogan
sent in riot police to remove the protesters which quickly attracted more protesters. And it got bigger and bigger because it became
a proxy. From a protest over a park to a protest of
Erdogan, against how religious he was becoming… And it got violent Previsouly he had not been a brutal ruler. After this, he became a brutal one. Erdogan began removing Ataturk’s secular laws more aggressively. He ended the ban on wearing headscarves, tightened
restrictions on alcohol sales, and freed mosques from government control. Then in 2014, Erdogan was elected president
which in Turkey, is a ceremonial role with little real power. But that didn’t put an end to the arrests
made across the country, which indicated that Erdogan was still in charge. And there were two groups of people who are
terrified by this one were the kind of secular Turks who look back to Ataturk and said what
the hell is happening to our country?! And the other was the military and they were the ones, again, who believe that their core mission in life was to keep Turkey secular and that he was a threat. So in July 2016, they staged a coup and it
almost worked. There was one problem — the military couldn’t
get the public’s support this time. Erdogan had found a way to reach his supporters… I want to encourage my people to the streets and invite them to the airports. And together as people gather, to show them, by letting them come with their tanks, to see what they are going to do, do it right there to the people. Erdogan had this amazing moment where he used
face time on his iPhone to kind of rally the country defend the country defend us against the military, come Turks, come to me, come rally around me. and it worked. You had secular Turks for the first time in
years defend Erdogan. You have religious Turks literally stream
from mosques into the streets to fight the military. The military overstepped, you had Turkish
F-16s fire rockets and missiles at parliament, Turkish tanks fired on people on the streets. That was very effective for him. Erdogan emerged from the fighting more popular
than ever and ramped up his purge of the opposition. More than 100,000 journalists, academics,
military officers, and politicians have been arrested since the coup attempt; tens of thousands
remain in detention. This brings us to the recent referendum, which
follows Erdogan’s post-coup popularity. He set it in motion to acquire more power
and make it permanent. But the vote was much closer than he it was
anticipated, suggesting that much of the country wants to hold onto the secular Turkey created
by Ataturk and they are willing to fight for it. I think you’re gonna have the inevitable
tension between a president who believes he’s entitled to more power, taking more and more
of it, and what remains a somewhat secular country not comfortable giving him that power. Do those tensions
play out politically in the courts or in the streets. If it’s actual fighting and violence then
what we know as a democratic Turkey will be be over.


  1. I always went on holiday to turkey was no other place. Now my family thinks it’s too dangerous but I still love the place, best holidays ever

  2. America and a couple of European states are not the “World” and they’re worried about Erdogan because he’s reconciled the Islamic and secular identity of Turkey, which has made Turkey more powerful than ever before .

  3. Atatürk was a good president Erdoğan to. Erdoğan make the economy great again and on July 15th was terrorists that attacked turkey

  4. Youre right i wanna live in a secular country as a woman and for a decade i dont feel represented because of the other half of the country. I wanna move to another western country. Im not a muslim.

  5. İf Recep Tayyip Erdoğan a dictator how tourist are can came to Turkey and why Turkey have a voting and if Recep Tayyip Erdoğan lose the voting in Istanbul

  6. World isnt worried about Turkey..Usa and Europe is worried about the oil, near Turkey and Syria. Theyre worried they cant reach to it

  7. Turkey is always in my heart. Like many Iranians. Like many Muslims. Turkey is proud of Muslims, and the day will come when the Islamic world gets rid of European and American intervention

    And once again, greatness

  8. I think it’s important to highlight that the recent coup was not supported by secular Turks because an Islamic group was behind it. But it is also important that it was a group who worked alongside akp in past so… im gonna have to shut up or else ill end up in jail but you do the maths..

  9. Deeply regret !

    why like you people should have wanted to uncertainty particularly in Middle East & mostly in a Muslim Countries people should have striving for peace and stability for long decades to enjoy a precise life with his families but you media person will spreading hate and division among people.

  10. Stop doing propoganda against Turkey!!! Question should be why is the world worried about VOX's propoganda???????

  11. Erdogan is the worst leader in Turkey the last 100 years.ppl voted for him to join European Union and more democracy > when he got power he changed %100 .His aim is Saudis or Iran's type system.Good news is he will go down soon..

  12. Who do you talk about a whole video about the situation in Turkey but don't mention the Kurdish people that Attatür killed and ban our language. And Erdoğan is arresting the kurd and Kurdish journalists and call them terrorist, this is a country where it have nearly 20 % population of kurd, meanwhile Iraq is doing better then Turkey.

  13. We love Atatürk and erdogan.. if Turkish nation see anything wrong with the erdogan, they will take care that. Don’t worried about turkey. Even if I don’t like the erdogan, it’s my problem and it’s not the any other country’s business…

  14. No one is worried about turkey. The sane and humane masses are worried about the terrorist threat posed by USA , Israel , UK, , France and India

  15. Mr Presenter: why do you hold secularism so close to your dear life? Is it not people's choice if they prefer to live under Islamic system of governance which is tied with their history. In a country where population is 99% muslim majority.

  16. The video is a lie followed by a lie to discredit the Muslim president Turkey has never been as strong as it is today economically and militarily and all thanks to Erdogan's policy and the people support him not for the beauty of his face think about it whey they love him so much to give him all this power

  17. Mustafa Kemal was a plot deployed by the British in order to destroy the Islamic empire. And they succeeded. Erdogan is doing the right thing and bringing back the thriving Islamic empire, and these western countries are afraid of his rule as he is destroying the hundreds of years of planning of their plot to destroy the Islamic empire.

  18. i know how to speak english, and i can defend erdoğan against you sobs in spite of my personal hatred towards him, but i wont just do it, you dont worth it,
    i have only one thing to say here, which i wont bother myself translating, KUDURUN ANASINI AVRADINI SİKTİĞİMİN OROSPU EVLATLARI KUDURUN

  19. Long live Turkey , long live Tayyab . Long live Turkey Pakistan friendship . Every Pakistani pray for a successful and sovereign Turkey ❤

  20. You are not worried about Turkey, you worried for oils, our jeapolitical locations and our historical values. Thanks for your thinks, just stop support your small dog terrorists.

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