The fight for a small park in the centre of Istanbul
is topic no. 1 in the media, in facebook, and any other social channels –
except the Turkish media I hear, they are condemned to silence. However, today
individuals in power cannot isolate a problem, deal with it, brush it off the
table, do away with whatever is in your way of interest and not become known
and discussed all over the world within minutes.
A man, elected by the votes of people with trust and the
conviction that he will serve their common interest to the best of the country,
surpasses this basic rule of democracy and orders police units to attack his
own people with unduly measures, high pressure water jets, tear gas and other
chemical substances, so that many get injured and three persons were killed as
I read the news coming in while I write these lines. People who have the right
to voice their opinion, who have come together to protest against the
destroying of the green living heart of the city, they have attached themselves
to the old trees which have given them shade in the hot and liveless centre of
a stone desert, they are being neglected this right and are fought down with
brutal force as if an enemy, as if these peaceful protesters would steal the
property of someone; this park is their property, it is public property and nobody
has the right to knock it down without their consent. That is the law.
Enough is enough, vox populi says loud and clear, and
while fighting for one cause so many other topics of dissatisfaction are coming
up the throat of many. It is a dangerous moment and a diplomatic leader would
listen to vox populi and find an agreement. Let’s repeat it again: the leader
of a country is a public servant and not its absolute master.
We have had so many examples in the ancient past, we
have many examples in the younger past, just to mention the Mediterranean
countries; vox populi, when made angry and dissatisfied can stand up and it is
proven that it will win in the end. People cannot be made into mere subjects,
history has taught us this and the more they are educated and have been taught
the freedom of the spirit, the more they will fight for their rights.
I was talking about the ‘uniform syndrome’; a person
coming into power gets used to have his shoes licked; it is not only his own
morale fault to accept this service but also the fault of the licker; why is
this person doing it? He expects a favour for his spittle.
A man who joins police forces becomes a different
person; he becomes an obedient member of a force enabled to use weapons to
reestablish order or to enforce the will of a leader. Perhaps one of the
policemen lives in the area around Gezi Park and is often sitting there with
his family in his off duty hours, what does he feel when he fights against the
peaceful protesters? He does not feel anything, he is a policeman. Hence
‘uniform syndrome’. It needs an independent morale indicator in a person to
say: up to here and no further. It has also often been discussed, where the
level of absolute obedience has its limits and when for example a soldier is
permitted to be disobedient, to refuse to kill, when he realizes that the
reason for aggression is not justified.
A person in a position of responsibility needs the
support and the goodwill of the people he represents in order to do his work
properly. Brutal force creates brutal force, an old wisdom, a good functioning
family is based on mutual respect and understanding.