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Erdogan vil bygge en tredje bro over Bosporos. Hva skal den hete? Hvem vil han minnes? Broer henter ofte navn fra historiske skikkelser.

Erdogan vil oppkalle broen etter den ottomanske sultanen Yavuz Sultan Selim, med tilnnavnet Selim den Grimme. Hvordan fikk han oppnavnet? Fordi han slaktet alevitter, fortsatt en av Tyrkias store minoriteter – rundt 20 % av befolkningen. Det må man kalle både insensitivt og avslørende: Identifiserer Erdogan seg med en hersker som styrte med vold? Har han de samme drømmer om dominans?

Another source of contention has been the name of a new bridge to be built in Istanbul. The government has chosen to name the third Bosphorus bridge after Yavuz Sultan Selim, the Ottoman sultan, nicknamed Selim the Grim, famous for his massacres of the Alevi minority as part of his war against Shia Iran in the early 16th century. This choice has deepened the dissatisfaction of the Alevi minority, who already suspect they are being systematically discriminated against. It has also created disappointment among democrats and liberals, who would rather have a neutral name for the new bridge. Mario Levi, the Jewish-Turkish novelist, tweeted: «Why not Rumi Bridge or Yunus Emre Bridge?» Both Yunus Emre and Rumi are well-respected historical figures and mystics famous for their humanitarian and peaceful outlook. Other people made different suggestions. Yet the name of the bridge, like other things, was chosen without much debate, widening the gap between the rulers and the ruled.

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/03/taksim-square-istanbul-turkey-protest