The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan complains from not being able to fully establish social and cultural hegemony despite the uninterrupted 14-year-rule of his Justice and Development Party (AKP).
"We have been in power for 14 years but we still have problems with ruling in the social and cultural field," Erdoğan said on Sunday at the general assembly of the Ensar Foundation, known for the sexual rape and abuse of students by teachers of the foundation.
"Political rule is one thing. Socially and culturally ruling is completely something else. We have been in power for 14 years but we still have problems with the ruling in the social and cultural field" Erdoğan said.
Erdoğan, though, appreciates that ‘teaching the Quran and the life of the Prophet Muhammad in all schools is nice’ but underlines that they ‘still have a lot of deficiencies in raising generations that we have dreamt of.’ He had, in a speech in 2012, revealed his passion for bringing up a 'religious and vindictive generation’
Erdoğan, still bearing a grudge against the masses that joined the June Resistance of 2013, also known as Gezi Park protests, said ‘those resisting coup were not Gezi Park youths’, referring to the attempted coup of July 2016.
45 students were raped by a teacher working for the Ensar Foundation, which provides religious education, scholarships and accommodations to students across Turkey. The foundation is known to be close to President Erdoğan’s AKP and the raping and molestation of children had been revealed last November.