Mr. Erdoğan's heavy-handed style, his reluctance to tolerate criticism and his tendency to control the legal system has caused a seriously problematic political environment and it's the last thing Turkey needs right now.
The White House and State Department need to rev up the engine of public diplomacy and make it more central to U.S. foreign policy. Forcefully defending press freedom would be a good way to start. The world will take note.
The crowd of about 500 people spilled out under the trees along the margins of the amphitheater. Mostly they were young students and activists, some professionals and a smattering of smiling older residents taking in the action.