Sunday 17 December 2017

Keep on mocking in the free world. . .

There was a rather jolting moment the other day when the 24-hour news channels just seemed to effortlessly slip from street violence in London to street violence in Turkey.

The protesters in Turkey have been fighting for increased freedoms and a stop to the creeping authoritarianism of the Erdogan administration.

In fact, assuming the whole thing doesn't become hijacked by religious extremists – unlikely, since that is what the protests are fundamentally about – then this is a protest with specific grievances and equally specific goals. And that's something the anti-capitalist, anti-G8 protesters in London have yet to master.

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