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Turkish Awakening

Turkish Awakening

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In recent years Turkey has become a boom place for tourism and business. But in June 2013 the eruption of protests laid bare the tensions accrued over a decade of economically successful but increasingly autocratic rule by the religious Justice and Development Party. Until recently, middle class Turks unhappy with Prime Minister Erdogan's strongman-style of leadership have grumbled quietly while Turkey has grown in status and prestige on the international scene. Now, they have awoken and are determined to have their grievances heard. The religious working class, on the other hand, insist that life has never been better. Alev Scott explores the shifts in Turkish society in recent years, and the roots of the indelible patriotism that characterizes every Turk, whatever their politics.