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Broadcasting date: 13-12-2004
Title : TURKEY'S AMBIVALENT STEP
Subject : TURKEY

Only a few days before the EU announces its final decision on whether or not Turkey can become a member-state, Reportage Without Frontiers did an important research on all those things that go on in our neighbor country, but don’t make the news: in Diyarbakir, the political capital of the Kurds that live in Turkey, fatal battles between Ochalan’s rebels – who is still pulling the strings, even though in prison - and the Turkish army have multiplied in the recent months. In Constantinople, the “Red Apple” movement is against Turkey’s European course and requests the military’s intervention. One of the anti-Europeans is the notorious rector of the university, who had threatened a few months ago to occupy Greece and Cyprus. In a revelational interview, the rector explains why it would take the death of 135.000 Turkish soldiers to make it!

 

The extreme Islamic and anti-European statement of prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the beginning of the 90’s – statements our program discovered in Turkish television records – are also revelational. Influenced by these statements, the documentary presents the crucial and extremely interesting political game that is played in our neighbor country. To restrain the force of the military – that had even managed to send him in prison – Erdogan is forced to play his European card and start the reformations that are currently dividing Turkey’s leadership circles. On his side Erdogan finds a previously powerful Turkish admiral, who confesses on camera that the continuous military coups led Turkey to the situation it is in today. 

 

The question is, what progress have the reformations made so far and how ready is Turkey to enter Europe? Five years after the projection of the documentary “Turkey, the unknown neighbor”, Stelios Kouloglou finds the heroes of that episode to discover whether and to what degree their lives changed after the Helsinki agreement. Journalist Ragib Duran, who was imprisoned for conducting an interview with Ochalan, a teacher who also worked as a coalman to make enough money, and human rights activist Akin Birdal, who miraculously escaped a murder attempt by Turkish extremists.

 

 

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