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Turkey: Protests Reverberate in Anatolian Heartland

The protests that have gripped much of Turkey were not as big in Kayseri, a religiously conservative city in the central part of the country and stronghold of support for the ruling AK party. (Photo: Dean C.K. Cox)

In using strong-armed tactics against his critics in Istanbul, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has counted on the support of his political base, which is centered in Turkey’s Anatolia region. A visit to two strongholds of Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) suggest that while his backing in the conservative Turkish heartland is still strong, it’s potentially brittle.

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Justin Vela is a freelance reporter based in Istanbul.

Turkey: Protests Reverberate in Anatolian Heartland

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