Protests are part of democracy
Having met and enjoyed the very good company of many emigrates from Turkey, and having had the pleasure of visiting their beautiful country, I have found the news reports of protests there disturbing. [“Turkey’s ‘standing man’ rekindles protest,” News, June 19.]
I called a Turkish friend to commiserate, and she reminded me that demonstrations are part of growing a democracy.
I have been encouraged by the manner in which the Turks are protesting. Their overall good humor, creativity, patience and dignity are impressive. I hope the government of Turkey will respond likewise.
It has seemed to me that the Turks are in a position to show the world that Islam and democracy (and religion and secularism in general) are not mutually exclusive. They can work together to nudge civilization on its upward course. I hope the outcome of the present protests will reinforce those ideals.
Evelyn Lambert, Bellevue