Conflict & Justice

Turkey's Struggles Over Power and Identity

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Many doctors blame Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for creating a climate that condones violence against medical practitioners.

Many Turks who support Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan are thinking of turning against him, after almost 12 years in power.

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These include journalist and author, Mustafa Akyol.

Akyol is himself conservative and religious, like Erdogan.

And he also approves of most of Erdogan's policies, as do a majority of Turkish voters.

But Akyol says there's one big problem.

"Those people who do not vote for Erdogan cannot get their voices heard," Akyol says. "In any of his decisions. And his political style is becoming more and more intimidating."

Akyol says he might not vote for Erdogan again.

"But I would have to see the option. Right now the opposition is now more liberal than Erdogan. Some of the opponents in the streets are ultra-nationalists."

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