The protests have been focused on Istanbul’s Taksim Square, sparked by a government-backed development plan. But analysts say that’s not what it’s about anymore.
“The real agenda behind the protests is to say to the government, ‘Look, enough is enough'," said Gül Berna ?zcan, a Turkey expert at Royal Holloway University of London. She said secular Turks feel angry and helpless.
伦敦皇家霍洛威大学的土耳其专家Gül Berna zcan说，“抗议背后的真正议题是想告诉政府，‘适可而止’。”她说世俗派土耳其人感到愤怒和无助。
“The key issue is that the AK Party missed a great opportunity. It could have proven to its skeptics in Turkey and elsewhere in the world that they respect democracy, and democracy and Islam could coexist and enhance each other," she said.
The AK Party is the Islamist-inspired movement of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has been in power for 10 years and was re-elected two years ago with 50 percent of the vote - a huge margin by European standards. It is his residence that protesters have put under siege, angry about policies that restrict the availability of alcohol, ban public displays of affection and intimidate the press, among other things.
1.secularism n. 世俗主义；现世主义；宗教与教育分离论
Unless are devoted to God, secularism shall not leave us.
2.skeptic n. 怀疑论者；怀疑者；无神论者
She is a skeptic about the dangers of global warming.
3.affection n. 喜爱，感情；影响；感染
She is glad to embosom his affection.