In the wake of the Taksim Square uprising, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan literally repeated what Syrian president Bashar al-Assad said when the Syrian revolution erupted. Erdogan said: “He who says that what’s happening in Taksim Square is a Turkish spring does not know Turkey.” Assad had said: “Syria will not join the countries that witnessed revolutions. He who says [otherwise] doesn’t know the Syrian people!” Erdogan described protesters as terrorist groups that want to exploit the protests. This is what his old friend has said and what he still says.
The incident in Gezi Park has come to crown a decade of slowly built-up tensionHazem al-Amin