It would be very easy to take the anti-Erdogan stance over the “riots” in Turkey, but I find when it comes to the Middle East, it is always better to try and get further information before taking a stance. This is why, for example I have not fully supported the opposition in Syria, despite the fact that I took the side of the Libyan opposition (my decision on Libya was based entirely upon what I had discovered about Gadhafi and the way he treated his own countrymen and countrywomen). One of the lessons about Libya is that Gadhafi had set up the country as a Socialist State. The people wanted it returned to be an Islamic State, and that is their perogative!!
Another example for exercising caution over the protests and riots was Egypt. The opposition to Muburrak was a mixture of groups including communists or left-wingers, as well as Muslim Brotherhood plus the Salafists. The Muslim Brotherhood eventually gained the upper hand because there are more Shia in Egypt… it really is that simple. However, there remains a group of left-wingers who are totally secular in their wants and needs, and these people are in fact associated with Russia.
By way of a history lesson, it should be noted that the Ba’ath Party had been started in Egypt and the originators were in fact Communists. From the beginning the Ba’athists in the Middle East had ties with Russia. From this you should be able to see why it is that Russia has always been keen not to lose a sphere of influence, and Egypt, Libya and Syria are quite important to Russia.
Now back to Erdogan and Turkey. First of all, I happen to applaud Erdogan for the way in which he has been handling the crisis on his doorstep and I am not talking about the riots. Erdogan has shown a lot of restraint over the fact that the Syrian army has caused so many atrocities. It does not help, however, that the Free Syrian Army and its offshoots are associated with Al Qaeda. It seems to be that there is a mix of people involved, and some of them are simply unpalatable. Erdogan, however, has been providing shelter and feeding the Syrians who fled across the border.
When I first noticed the stories about these riots, I more or less put them to the back of my mind until I saw the Trevor Loudon article at New Zeal. BINGO. Here is the link between what happened in Egypt prior to the Muslim Brotherhood taking over the country and Turkey. That link happens to be the same kind of people who started the protests in Egypt i.e. the Leftwing or Communists of that country. Erdogan is not necessarily a friend to Russia. It makes sense that the Russians could once again be behind the stirring up of trouble.
At this stage it is unlikely that these people will succeed with their protests, but we do have to exercise caution and be ready to not support either side in any ensuing conflict in Turkey.