Written by Tevhid Nazmi Baştürk
From the "information," articles and perspectives circulating on these media giants broadcasts and social media sites, an image was framed of a Turkey where a restless public sought through peaceful protests to topple the ruling party for violating the principles of Turkish democracy.
The reports of these media giants and the reports of massive casualties and injuries went viral on twitter, even being shared by some Turkish government officials. It appeared as if pandemonium had taken place and Turkey was now a battleground between the public and the Erdoğan government. Though this was not at all true.
As time would tell, many of the gruesome reports were fabricated; the images shared were irrelevant, imported for use from other international and domestic tragedies. Far from true reports, such as those claiming that 300-500 people had been killed sent an angry public to the streets. Among these provocateurs was the CHP's very own parliamentarian from Tunceli, Hüseyin Aygün who actively partook in the sharing of images from irrelevant occurrences claiming them as casualties of the Gezi Park protests. The peaceful protest for the preservation of a small park in Istanbul had now escalated through these false reports, and were now being portrayed in the foreign media as the "Turkish Spring."
Fanning the Flames, the Foreign Media.
Throughout the protests the foreign media had taken a stance siding with the protesters by presenting them as a response to the ruling party's "increasing authoritarianism," rather than as politically-motivated groups with other purposes. These protesters, the very same ones that caused well over 100 million liras in damage to public tax -paid property in Istanbul alone, which among their ranks held members of recognized terrorist groups such as the DHKP/C (which conducted the bombing at the US Embassy in Ankara just this past February), were portrayed as heroic democratic individuals fighting against what was portrayed as a fascist regime. Though this was far from the case.