“This government is rubbish”

In one week in Turkey I’ve heard two distinctly opposing opinions about Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan – those who love him so much they chant his name in restaurants, and those who think he’s destroying their precious country.

I arrived in ─░stanbul after what I was told was a particularly violent night, when Turks protesting the planned demolition of the city’s Gezi Park clashed with police for 12 hours.

Within hours I was having Turkish coffee with the owner of several restaurants off Taksim Square, the scene of nearly month-long protests. Hakan, 28, was clearly on the government’s side.

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