Turkish ban on the word ‘no’

On 16 April Turkey will hold a referendum. If the voters of ‘yes’ have it, president Erdogan will install a pure presidential regime. This means that he would become both state and government leader. In reality, it means he will become an even bigger fascist than he already is.

A boy holds up a placard that reads "NO" as the leaders of Turkey's nationalist groups gather to launch a campaign for "NO" ahead of the April 16 national referendum on expanding the president's powers, in Ankara, Turkey, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Critics say it would concentrate even more power in the hands of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a leader they accuse of authoritarian behavior. The reforms would potentially allow Erdogan to remain in power until 2029. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

A boy holds up a placard that reads “NO” as the leaders of Turkey’s nationalist groups gather to launch a campaign for “NO” ahead of the April 16 national referendum on expanding the president’s powers, in Ankara, Turkey, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Critics say it would concentrate even more power in the hands of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a leader they accuse of authoritarian behavior. The reforms would potentially allow Erdogan to remain in power until 2029. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

But polls suggest that the Turkish people may have seen the light as 58% may say ‘no’ to their fascist president. In order to turn the tide, the president has decided to ban all instances of the word ‘no’. The oscar nominated movie ‘No’ on the fall of Chilean dictator Pinochet has been removed from Digitürk’s offer. And brochures to promote saying ‘no’ to smoking were also removed.

Let’s hope that the Turkish people will massively say ‘Hayir’ to their fascist president. If not, Turkey would no longer be a democracy, something it barely is now.

 

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