ErdoIan nationalizes Egypt’s Rabia: ‘One nation, one flag, one state, one homeland’

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has made it a habit to use the Rabia salute — used to show demonstrate solidarity with former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi — at almost every opportunity he gets, has virtually nationalized the four-finger sign, with each finger representing one of his and”new Turkeyand” principles: one nation one flag one state and one homeland.
Made by raising four fingers with the thumb resting on the palm, the Rabia sign became the symbol of protests against the military coup in Egypt led by then-General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, causing the ouster of Morsi on July 3, 2013.
Then Prime Minister Erdogan, who assumed a tough stance against Sisi and fiercely criticized the coup against Morsi at many platforms, adopted the four-finger Rabia sign and turned it into a habit of saluting people at Justice and Development Party (AK Party) rallies. He flashed the sign for the first time during a rally on Aug. 17, 2013 in the northwestern province of Bursa in a show of support for the Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi.
According to Erdogan, the sign was not only about andquothis Egyptian brothersand” but also about humanity. Speaking at the closing of the AK Partyand’s 21st Consultation and Evaluation meeting in November 2013, Erdogan slammed those who accused him of overusing and exploiting the salute, saying: andquotThis sign is not only a sign of the rights of Egyptians, but is also a sign of raising your voice to injustices, oppressions, crackdowns, massacres and coups all around the world.andquot
According to many Arab newspapers including the Saudi-owned Al Arabiya, the Turkish government turned the coup in Egypt into a matter of internal affairs and thereby and”become the regional hub for the Muslim Brotherhoodand’s international organization.and” Erdogan on countless occasions defended the Muslim Brotherhood, saying Turkey is always ready to welcome banned Muslim Brotherhood leaders.
Erdogan took his support for the brotherhood a step further when he broke into tears on a televised program on andulke TV late in August of 2013 when senior Muslim Brotherhood politician Mohammad al-Beltagyand’s letter to his daughter, who was killed by Egyptian security forces in a crackdown in Cairo on Aug. 14, was read at the end of the program.
However, the tough stance taken by Erdogan and the Turkish government on Egypt, Iraq and Syria, countries that are important to Turkey given their strategic location, has contributed significantly to the countryand’s reduced power in the region. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and , Egypt began to accuse Turkey of giving strong support to the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups in the region. The deteriorating relations with these countries and others in the region led to Ankara losing its effectiveness in the Middle East.
Upon growing reactions and deteriorating relations with regional states, Erdogan seems to have reduced the harshness of his stance against Sisi. The Turkish president for instance turned his back on his once-close ally Morsi and remained silent after Morsi was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
What is more striking, Erdogan seems to have nationalized his most favorite sign as well. Even the pro-government Takvim daily acknowledged the change in Erdoganand’s Rabia sign on Nov. 11 in a news piece on a photo of Erdogan released officially after his talk with US President Barack Obama before the G-20 summit. The photo shows a sculpture of the Rabia sign.
and”Erdogan challenged his enemies and sent a message to the world with the Rabia sculpture on his desk: and’One nation, one flag, one state, one homeland,and” reported the pro-government daily.
“border: navy 1px solid” src=”http:cdncms.todayszaman.comtodayszaman20151114233181.jpg” border=”0″ ” width=”80″ height=”60A curfew that had been in place for the past 12 days in the southeastern town of Silvan was lifted as of Saturday, authorities said. In a statement, Diyarbakir Governor’s Office said the curfew was lifted as of 2 p.m. (11 a.m. GMT) after trenches dug up by members of the Separatist Terrorist Organization — a reference to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) — had been filled and peace had been restored in the town. The Governor’s Office s
A curfew that had been in place for the past 12 days in the southeastern town of Silvan was lifted as of Saturday, authorities said.
In a statement, Diyarbakir Governorandrsquos Office said the curfew was lifted as of 2 p.m. (11 a.m. GMT) after trenches dug up by members of the Separatist Terrorist Organization — a reference to the Kurdistan Workersandrsquo Party (PKK) — had been filled and peace had been restored in the town.
The Governorandrsquos Office said the authorities assess that up to 15 PKK militants were killed during a security operation that was launched along with the curfew on Nov. 3 to fill the trenches and remove barricades set up by the militants in several neighborhoods of the town.
Two civilians and three members of the security forces were also killed during clashes between the security forces and the terrorists, the statement also said.
22 people were detained during the security operation, the statement said, adding that 20 of them were released while one was arrested and another one still remains in police custody.
The 12-day curfew has drawn widespread criticism from opposition politicians, especially from the pro-Kurdish Peoplesandrsquo Democratic Party (HDP), and rights groups, who said the civilians had suffered immensely under the curfew.
The Governorandrsquos Office said the Silvan District Governorandrsquos Office had provided food and helped the families in need of a shelter during the curfew.
Authorities have declared temporary curfew in several towns across the southeastern Anatolia as the fight against the PKK has been expanded to include militants in urban areas.
On Friday, a curfew was declared in Nusaybin, a district in the southeastern town of Mardin.

SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN

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