Turkey: Return of the Donkey

Inside the coffin was the body of Lutfi Kirdar, Minister of Health in Turkey's late, deposed regime. Sickly and burdened with 72 years of age, Kirdar had dropped dead fortnight ago while testifying before the court trying ex-Premier Adnan Menderes and other leaders of the regime that Kirdar had once served. Present at the obsequies in Istanbul's Sisli mosque was a menacingly large crowd of 1,500 mourners, many genuinely bereaved but many others expressly come to show defiance of General Cemal Gursel's ruling military junta. To do so, they chose to consider...

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