Hurriyet op-ed: Turkey is sliding into chaos

Riot police use water cannons to disperse demonstrators in Istanbul

Things are gradually getting out of hand in Turkey, as the Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) administration continues to divide society with its vindictive rule that promises no stability for the near future.

People are out on the street again, angered over the police killing of a 15-year-old kid during the Gezi Park protests last summer. The fact the government did not lift a finger to bring Berkin Elvan’s killer to justice has merely added fuel to the anger.

Meanwhile, the total lack of sympathy from Prime Minister Erdoğan for Berkin, even though he never wastes an opportunity to deplore the killing of Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Cairo by the Egyptian police, is glaring. The crocodile tears being shed for Berkin by his ministers, on the other hand, are laughable.

I have said it before, as have many people, and repeat it again, as will many people these days. The stronger this party comes out of the local elections March 30, the more instability one can expect in Turkey.