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Rival Images: The Case of Dengir Mir Mehmet Firat and Sükrü Hanedar

Two figures, one of them is the member of the ruling AKP of Turkey, the other a member of the training bench of the Turkish national team. Both are on the headlines today, both headlines have one common image: Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and the Turkish Revolution.

According to Haberturk, during the Euro 2008 football championship, whilst the cameras were zooming on to Fatih Terim, the head coach of Turkey, a small detail was visible. A poster of the founder of the Turkish Republic under the legs of Mr. Hanedar. Later, Mr. Hanedar made a comment and told that it is by no means a poster, because due to the EUFA regulations no national symbol or such is allowed on the bench. He says, it is a photo attached to his folder, and below writes “1938 Forever” (Why 1938 forever? wouldnt it be 1923 forever). Anyways, he said that he has more than 5 Atatürk pictures at home, and they bring Atatürk to all matches to boost players.

The second man is Mehmet Firat, he made a comment on the Turkish revolution and said that it traumatised the Turks. Of course Turkish revolution and Mustafa Kemal are mirror images and it was clear who was targeted.
The rival images of a common image. The dilemma of Turkish society in pictures. Unless an intersubjective consensus cannot be reached, this rift and segmentation would prevail in all levels.


June 23, 2008 - Posted by | Turkish daily, Turkish Politics

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