In previous days Erdogan has made some bizarre claims about the nature of the protests. The BBC reports about his apparent "back down" today:
Mr Erdogan has previously taken a tough line on the protests, branding the demonstrators "extremists" and "looters". He said the unrest was being encouraged by foreign forces to undermine Turkey and its economy.So just who are these "foreign forces" one might ask? An article by Professor Droor Zeevi in todays edition of ynetnews.com suggests the following:
According to him, these want to hamper Turkey's economy for short-term profits. Though the specific guilty partners were not explicitly named, it appears Erdogan is hinting at investors such as Jewish-American tycoon George Soros and other Jewish and Western businessmen.
Need a scapegoat? Blame the Jews. Same old, same old.