Anger continues in Turkish street, and Erdogan is threatening to himself visit Gaza to break the siege. He is considering sending the Turkish navy to accompany the next flotilla to Gaza. This is positive news. The time for Western-style symbolic protest of the type demonstrated by MV Rachel Corrie is over. We’ve entered the era of Mavi Marmara. Today protests were held worldwide in support of Gaza (see video at the bottom). This flame isn’t dying anytime soon.
AlJazeeraEnglish — 05 June 2010 — The captured and the dead from the recent raid by Israeli commandos on an aid flotilla have been returned to Turkey, but the anger continues on the streets.
As thousands of Turks protested against Israel on Saturday, fuelling the fury further was the news of the preliminary autopsy reports.
The ever-present Palestinian flag was waved alongside that of Turkey. Also visible was the green flag of Hamas, signalling a new and widespread public embrace of all the Palestinian factions.
Even more surprisingly, the yellow flag of the Lebanese group, Hezbollah, was strongly present.
What began as an expression of support for Palestinians appears to have been transformed into fundamental opposition of Israel, evident in the mages of the Israel flag being burned in the street.
Al Jazeera’s Mike Hanna reports from Istanbul.