TURKISH President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a tyrant. He is an authoritarian bully intent on concentrating further power into his hands as his rule sweeps away democracy and free speech.
Even writing the words above carries serious consequences in Turkey. It would almost certainly be deemed “insulting the president,” which under Turkish law carries a maximum four-year prison sentence.
Many that I spoke to in Istanbul and other parts of the country speak of Erdogan and the ruling AKP in terms of fascism. It is easy to see why.