The Developments in Turkey are Alarming
n February 15, AtatürkSociety of America (ASA) and supporting organizations held a demonstration in LaFayette Park across from the White House, which attracted participants from around the United States, and was supported by: American Turkish Association of Washington DC, Florida Turkish American Association, Maryland American Turkish Association, Washington Turkish Women’s Association. Event speaker Ata Yavalar, ASA Youth Leader, warned against the actions to dismantle Kemalist precepts. The ruling party has compromised the nation’s news media, women, jeopardizing inquiry, democracy, societal and individual liberties, and human rights. The weakening of the armed forces, judiciary, secular education, and police institutions are particularly troublesome. 6 VOICE OF ATATÜRK | FALL’09
Signs held by demonstrators said it all:
“DEFEND FREEDOM OF SPEECH IN TURKEY” “DEMOCRACY UNDER SIEGE IN TURKEY” “SAY NO TO SHARIA (ISLAMIC LAW)” “KEEP POLITICS AND RELIGION APART” “DO NOT FEAR OF SPEAKING THE TRUTH (K. ATATÜRK)” “KEEP JUDICIAL SYSTEM INDEPENDENT” “DO NOT SILENCE INDEPENEDENT MEDIA” “ATATÜRK LIBERATED TURKISH WOMEN: KEEP IT THAT WAY” “JAILING WITHOUT INDICTMENT IS NOT DEMOCRATIC” “BEWARE OF CREEPING ISLAMIZATION ‘TAKIYE’ = DECEIT” “PRESIDENT OBAMA PLEASE, STOP GIVING REFUGE TO RADICAL ISLAMIST FETHULLAH GULEN” Pedestrians stopped by, some joined the demonstration, and others sought information and literature.
The Atatürk Society of America