In a piece for BBC Turkce, journalist Sinan Onus went to Ankara’s Akdere neighborhood, a stronghold of AKP votes, and asked its Anatolian migrant residents what they thought of the corruption charges against AKP ministers and whether their attitude towards the party had changed. The answers were mixed, but one grocer’s metaphor struck me. He said, well, it’s a big party, so it’s not surprising that there will be some “waste”. “When you shop at the market often you’ll find in a couple of kilos of fruit a few rotten ones.”
Hmmm. Compare that to the small tradesman in Istanbul who said this about the harsh treatment of the Gezi protesters: “If you have fifty eggs and you find that several are rotten, what are you supposed to do with the rest? You smash them too.” His view was that the protesters were hooligans who caused damage. This was his response when I suggested that the people causing damage were only a small number compared to the other peaceful protesters on the street.
A different set of standards for AKP and Gezi behavior?