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Why the difference between the West and Turks' point of view here?

Reader comment on item: Why I Rooted for the Turkish Coup Attempt

Submitted by Solomon2 (United States), Sep 16, 2016 at 14:36

Westerners are shocked by the scale of arrests while Turks are angry that Westerners object to them.

What is not appreciated is that while in the West most people aren't arrested until a good case can be made against them that they are criminals, in Turkey "Our public prosecutors, most of the time, launch investigations for people that they know they will not be able to convict" - 93 percent of those arrested are eventually acquitted: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/justice-is-the-foundation-of-the-state-not-revenge-.aspx?pageID=449&nID=103874&NewsCatID=513.

Since generations of Turks are used to such standards perhaps it isn't surprising the mass arrests have been met with support rather than concern for civil liberties. At the same time, Turks are reluctant to discuss the situation, both out of fear of arrest and because the admission that the State victimizes so many innocents is a blow to Turkish pride.


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