The proposed Domestic Security Reform Package that has sparked great tension in Parliament cannot be discussed at length due to the generalizing approach by opposition parties. Although some articles of this law cause anxiety among legal experts and can be readdressed when better alternatives are offered, unfortunately, they are simply brushed over during discussions. This is the deliberate choice of the opposition, which is trying to take advantage of the election period in hopes of "nourishing itself from chaos." Driven by this stimulation, opposition parties raise fallacious claims that "fascist laws are coming," Turkey is going toward a "police state" and everyone will be deprived of their democratic right to protest. Well, how does the opposition, which is incapable of developing policies, look at the "magical" concept of the democratic right to protest?
Obviously, there are problems with Turkey's state, legal system and security, but the opposition's approach to these concepts is also problematic. Another problematic issue concerns how a civilian and democratic protest should be. Leaving aside Turkey's past experiences in this regard, merely the developments experienced in the last two years, including the Gezi Park uprisings, Oct. 6-7 demonstrations and recent incidents in Cizre, justify this reality. Although environmental sensitivity and concerns about solidarity were used as pretexts to incite the Gezi Park demonstrations and Oct. 6-7 protests, everyone knows that the sole purpose of these incidents is to overthrow the government. How can such protests be considered democratic or civilian when protestors set dozens of workplaces and vehicles on fire with Molotov cocktails and similar destructive instruments?
The leftist and Kurdish political movements in Turkey are fixated on acts of civil disobedience, but their acts have nothing to do with civil disobedience. The book titled "Call for Public Consciousness: Civil Disobedience," which has been prepared by Yakup Coşar by compiling important articles on civil disobedience from around the world, clearly puts the concept as follows: "Civil disobedience is an unlawful and non-violent political act that is based on common sense of justice expressed in the constitution or social contract, and which is used as a last resort against serious injustice in a democratic system that is dominated by fair relations to this or that extent at times when legal remedies are exhausted."
The Saturday Mothers, who have attained a significant place in our political history, and the "standing man," are renowned examples of this civil obedience. The core of civil disobedience is that the system should be "democratic" and the act should not contain violence. As suggested by experts, a civil disobedience protestor does not essentially object to the basic principles of the existing constitutional order. If one does not consider the system to be democratic, then one's act is not democratic either. From this point of view, let us take a look at protests that were staged across the country just on the pretext of supporting the Kurds defending Kobani. Let us remember the violence that devastated cities and killed some 50 people with the call of those who define the system as fascist and claim that these subversive protests are democratic acts.
All of this is a part of an awesome perception manipulation. As Akşam daily columnist Gülay Göktürk said, it is really hard to find countries where the concept of democratic struggle is exploited and made an instrument to such a great extent. The protests like the Gezi Park uprisings and the vandalism during the Kobani protests are far from being democratic acts, as they are designed as a part of a greater operation that hampers the development of a civil reaction from society. The fact that the three opposition parties sabotage parliamentary studies presenting "fascism" as a pretext just three months before the general elections comes to serve the same purpose. However, what the opposition fails to see is that the public knows what is going on in the country, and this is why they head to election polls instead of pouring out onto the streets.