Murky in Turkey: Where do the Sweet, Leftist Hippies Stand?

 

Yep, Turkey’s got ’em–a lot of them. These are pretty typical young folks for this neighborhood, with pretty typical opinions. I hope one point is really coming through with these videos: This isn’t a monolithic country. It is far, far too simplistic to conceive of Turkey as a newly-terrifying enemy state and a hostile Islamic Republic. It’s way more complicated than that.

Something I should also stress is that a few people declined to talk to us because they were shy, or out of the natural reaction many people have to journalists with microphones, namely, Go away, you pests. But no one showed any fear. No one appeared to be afraid to speak his or her mind, and as you can see, people are not hesitant to criticize the Turkish government. That’s very important to note.

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    So now I know where all the street musicians from the Haight-Ashbury ended up. But thank you, Claire, for these videos. You are right, no one is afraid to speak their minds, even when they’re not towing the company line. I hope that sense of freedom is what preserves Turkey from becoming another oppressed extremist society.

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