April 25, 2019
It is very unfortunate to observe a physical attack against the leader of the main opposition party Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu. We all know that one thing is certain. This attack has made it crystal clear that the long-standing political polarization in the country can bring rather dangerous outcomes. The harsh rhetoric adopted by the political figures after the local elections has increased the social tension to a great degree.
Before the March 31 elections, Kılıçdaroğlu has been accused of partnering with terrorists. The attack against Kılıçdaroğlu broke out two days after the formation of the “Alliance of Turkey”. It is clear that a reconciliation process is needed urgently to fight political tension in the country.
It is a historical fact that Turkey’s political history is like a painting full of black shadows. The formation of the Republic has made some certain identities as the “other”. For example, Kurds, for a long time, practising Muslims, Alevis and non-Muslims have been treated as the “others” of the new regime. Thus, some kind of “lynch culture” has been produced in Turkey’s political culture and landscape.
The 6-7 September Incidents, Madımak Affair or the Post- Modern Coup (1997) can be seen as the milestones revealing the dimension of this “lynch culture”. To make a long story short, it can be said that the attack against Kemal Kılı çdaroğlu can be seen as the latest reflection of such a culture. I hope some day when we internalize the democratic ideals, this straightjacket that we are wearing will be abandoned.Author : Begum Burak