The Gezi protests will always be remembered as a turning point in the political history of Turkey. It was encouraging to note that our youths expressed their opinion in a democratic manner.
However, certain elements were on the prowl to hijack the protests to further their agendas. For instance, Marxists were bracing for a communist revolt and other anti-government groups inspired by the “Arab Spring” wanted to create anarchy by using non-democratic means to topple a democratic disposition. They miserably failed in doing so, however, their voices have been echoing ever since.
Democracies require oppositions; opposition is necessary to strengthen and develop democracy and governments need to be criticized and face protests. This is a sign of pluralism, which is beneficial to society. In this context, it would not be wrong to admit that the government actually benefited from the Gezi episode.
The problem arises when opposition movements start harboring sinister designs of uprooting the government through bloody uprisings or coups. In case of Turkey, such elements will never succeed.