June 22, 2013 at 8:00 AM
Political protests continue in Turkey
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
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