Heightening the contradictions


Originally published at lifeincatalonia.com

THREE days after a double bombing in Turkey’s capital killed at least 99 people at a peace rally, the prime minister, Ahmed Davutoglu, and a group of government officials laid flowers at the scene of the carnage, carefully cordoned off for the occasion. The low-key ceremony was a pale reflection of the tide of grief and anger that has swept through Turkey since the massacre. At funerals across the country, thousands expressed their anguish. In many cities police blocked large gatherings to honour the victims. Unions called for a two-day strike, and students at several universities boycotted classes to show dissatisfaction with the state of the country.


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