Why are Fethullah Gülen’s views perceived by such groups to pose a threat?
Views in favor of the consolidation of democratic and basic human rights in Turkey are repressed on account of the threat they are perceived to pose to the structural advantage of the dominant protectionist interests in the society. So Fethullah Gülen’s views are seen as implicitly calling into question the privileges of those interests in utilizing political processes and questioning the protectionists’ hegemony over the political system. The protectionists fear that certain understandings and demands may alter the balance of the political system and financial interests and may cause the criteria for selection and entry into that system to be widened.
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