Rigging the local elections was of no use for the Islamist regime of Erdogan: protests continue and even grow every other week.
This year's May Day had an obvious global epicenter at Istanbul and other Turkish cities, with major clashes, which have by now become almost routine in every single demonstration, as the dictatorship does not tolerate any form of protest.
The recent mining catastrophe of Soma, that killed almost 500 workers, has become yet another rally point for all those demanding a regime change in the Eurasian state. The worker unions KESK and DISK have been organizing all sort of rallies and strikes, which have regularly resulted in clashes with a police determined not to allow a single space for protest but obviously not powerful enough to control a citizenry that is up to the eyebrows.
It's not an accident, it's murder! chanted the many thousands who marched by Istanbul this Thursday. Similar demos took place in Izmir and Ankara.
Meanwhile the regime continues its struggle for popularity by personally beating citizens (as did one of Erdogan's ministers this week) or reciting idiotic and unacceptable discourses like the one by Erdogan himself who claimed that such a major catastrophe is "something normal" and "inevitable".
He could have well said: slaves' lives are for their masters' profit and would sound exactly the same.
In the mine of Soma, where 6500 workers labored, there was just a single and very small refuge (5 m², the size of my kitchen), which was useless to save the lives of the miners.
But I'll tell you what Erdogan is thinking: security measures are expensive, workers' lives are not.
80 miners die on average each year in accidents through the Turkish state.