Turkey is not Egypt. But seriously, you guys. It’s really not.
— katherine maher (@krmaher) June 1, 2013
But seriously guys, it’s not. I can’t believe I even have to say this. But, OH MY GOD CNN WTF:
I can’t tweet photos any more over cell phone & our local internet died. If cell networks go down, then this will truly be a Turkish Tahrir.
— Ivan Watson (@IvanCNN) June 1, 2013
Not only is this kind of analysis deeply lazy, but—as Zeynep Tufekci rightly points out—like it or not, Turkey’s government is not like Mubarak’s. Which is not to say that the horrifying police brutality and repression we’re seeing across Turkey isn’t just as horrible: it is. But police brutality happens in democracies every day, and that doesn’t lead us to draw conclusions like this. Rather, I think the conclusions being drawn from western media are instead based on limited knowledge of and perhaps latent racism toward Muslim countries.