Fanaticism conquers Turkey

Gezi protests in summer, 2014, Istanbul. Erdogan’s government has passed new laws to forbid such protests in the future.

For the past two years, Turkey has been in a downward political spiral where the language of hatred and demonization overshadows everything else. The spiral is only getting deeper and deeper by jumping to new levels with every new political crisis and drama.

The terror attack against prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz, which took place last Tuesday within the colossal courthouse in central Istanbul, was one such level-jumper. The late Mr. Kiraz was overlooking the case of Berkin Elvan, a 15-year-old boy who had tragically died because of an injury he took to his head during the Gezi Park protests of summer 2013. The injury was caused by a police tear-gas canister and prosecutor Kiraz was really trying his best to figure out which police officers were responsible…

…And the fanaticism behind this zeal is getting worse and worse every day, with no safe exit at sight.