»He is the first for me. I love him as much as I love my father. He rules our country. What should he do more.«
»He is a saviour for our country. He is our commander. He is our life, our blood, our homeland, our everything Thanks to him we can keep our head scarf and we can go out. And thanks to him we can live in a secular, democratic and islam country at the same time. I feel so superior than the other countries.«
After the failed attempted coup in Turkey on July 15 2016, ten thousands of people were celebrating every day on the Taksim Square. Since Gezi-Park protests in 2013, nobody was allowed to demonstrate on the square, even the smallest group of people were faced with water cannons and tear gas. A place historically important for leftish groups.
According to Turkish news, around 100 million flags were sold in Turkey during this period. AKP supporters were celebrating the victory of democracy. Among them people from the ultra nationalistic party MHP. Everyone agreed: Erdoğan saved the country. When asking them, until when they would gather on the square, they answered, until the country would be safe again.
I asked women, if they can show how much they love Erdoğan. Many of them have never been on the Taksim Square before.
»He means to life for me. For me, if he was the head of another country like the USA, he could rule all of the world. I feel very lucky to be in Turkey, he is like a second father for me. I love him so much. I can give my life for him.«
»He is a very important man. I can‘t explain. I love him so much.«