Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Turkish Tribulations

What is the link between a Turkish police gun blazing in Taksim Square, Istanbul, yesterday and the pictures below of British artist Michael Dickinson's satirical collages Best In Show and Good Boy (2006)?

The answer is Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. Under Turkish law, it is illegal to lampoon the prime minister. Michael - the "veteran provocateur" as he was called - faced interminable legal hassles with the threat of three years in a Turkish prison hanging over his head. In a country that puts people in jail for lampooning the prime minister, how can democracy function? It can't. So, when PM Erdogan starts talking and behaving like Syria's dictator Bashar al-Assad, you know the reason why. Turkey is totally unfit to join the EU. CLICK for the latest.


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