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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

June 22, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Political protests continue in Turkey

Protests are part of democracy

People stand and read books during a silent protest at Taksim Square on June 20, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. The protests began in May, with environmentalists upset over plans to build in Gezi Park, and has grown into a broader demonstration against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's government.  [Baris Acarli/Getty Images]

People stand and read books during a silent protest at Taksim Square on June 20, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. The protests began in May, with environmentalists upset over plans to build in Gezi Park, and has grown into a broader demonstration against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s government. [Baris Acarli/Getty Images]

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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