Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s AKP party did well in local elections last week.
Despite these results the truth is that enormous resentment against the government remains. This was expressed in the mass demonstrations coinciding with the funeral of Berkin Elvan, who had been hit by a police teargas canister.
But no political party reflects the anger on the streets.
Ron Margulies is a socialist writer in Turkey. He said, “Opinion polls show that 80 percent believe there is government corruption, but 45 percent still vote for the government.
“Who else can they vote for? There’s no alternative which the mass of people find even remotely acceptable.”