When you live in Turkey every day you can learn more aspects of turkish life. Recent events opened up a new take on the everyday, relax and carefree Turkey. The Turks are very compassionate and merciful if they have fun, everybody enjoy it, if there is the sorrow, mourning, too, everybody feels it. The first thing that surprised me, when on the eve of the religious holiday, all the authorities, from the governor, the mayor and leaders of political parties visited families of the victims, nursing homes, prisons. This is not a show-off and not as a fashion, it’s a state of mind of the Turks , they like helping.
When the police officers were killed by terrorists, over the country passed a wave of anger and condemnation. Each Turk took it as a personal pain. When the problems started with the Kurdish militant groups, Turks are united. Until now, at the houses, balconies, in office buildings, cafes, shops residents put out Turkish flags. I saw how the Turks families, including old people and very young children, with the flags went to the streets and cheered from the balconies of the demonstration, expressed that this is our country, our Turkey, for which everyone is ready to die.
After the terrorist attack, when were killed nearly a hundred people, every Turk mourns. In Turkey were canceled all entertainment events, in hotels the music was turn off. So sorrow and pain, every inhabitant of the country feels it. I have not seen anywhere united people as here.
All this, for last six months, united Turkey, changed the mind, type of thinking. I am sure that the elections which will be held on 1st of November, will be completely different, it will be the first elections, when every Turk makes their choice. After these elections, Turkey will be stronger as a state and as a society. This is a new Turkey, which will be considered by many countries as a powerful country.