ANKARA (Zaman, Turkey) – In the latest poll, 39 per cent of Turks supported Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s description of Gezi Park protesters in 2013 as “whores”.
This is according to a survey conducted by the Aksoy Foundation for Opinion Studies and Polls in Turkey.
In contrast, 50.8 percent of respondents opposed the use of this description by Erdogan.
Commenting on the results, the head of the Aksoy Company for Opinion Studies and Polls, Artan Aksoy, explained that looking at the poll, the results of the shaky social peace and the severe damage caused to the state by the ruling authority are evident.
Aksoy added that he is very confident in changing the governing authority in the first electoral process and gaining a democratic authority to run the country.
“These results show that we face a problem of social peace as violent as economic problems,” he added.
Aksoy stressed that the support of 39 percent of the people for the directive of the head of state, a stinging insult to a group of citizens, is a problem more than everyone imagines.
The use of the term “prostitute” by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to describe the 2013 Gezi Park demonstrations sparked a wave of outrage in Turkish public opinion.
In his speech last week during a meeting of the Justice and Development Party’s parliamentary bloc, Erdogan addressed participants in the Gezi demonstrations, saying: “These bandits and terrorists were desecrating the Dolmabahçe Mosque with bottles of wine and beer cans. So are they. “They are corrupt and whores.”
It is worth noting that in 2013 large demonstrations erupted, the largest in the history of Turkey, in response to the urban planning of the government of the Justice and Development Party, which aimed to build Ottoman barracks in those few green spots left in Istanbul.