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Turkey is at the tipping point: Queen's University expert

2013-11-12

With thousands injured and three dead and at least one thousand protesters facing violence and torture in police custody, Turkey is at a tipping point.

“Will Prime Minister Recep Tayyib Erdogan release these prisoners, as human rights organizations have asked, and begin to listen to their demands?” says Queen’s professor Ariel Salzmann. “Or will he continue to use the stick to bludgeon his way through this crisis of confidence in his government?”

Dr. Salzmann is a historian who specializes in Turkey, the Middle East and the Ottoman Empire. Her book, Tocqueville in the Ottoman Empire, talks about the historic roots of political change and revolution in the Middle East.

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