Turkish students clearly know how to soundtrack a protest as they’ve been blasting some Metallica classics at recent demonstrations.
Students at Istanbul’s Bogazici University (one of the country’s top academic institutions) have been angered by the recent appointment of Melih Bulu as their new rector. The anger stems from the fact that Bulu is a member of Turkey’s ruling AK Party, known for their conservative stances, and he was also installed by the country’s controversial President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Faculty members of the university cited Bulu’s appointment as “yet another case of many ongoing anti-democratic practices since 2016.” It was pointed out that he was the first rector chosen from outside a university since a military coup in Turkey in 1980, over 40 years ago.
According to BloombergQuint, as fierce protests took place this week, students chanted “Melih Bulu is not our rector” and “We don’t want a state-appointed rector.” To accompany their shouting, they started loudly blaring Metallica songs such as ‘Master of Puppets’ and ‘Sad but True’ to soundtrack their frustrations.
The most delicious part? Bulu claimed in a recent interview to be a “rector who listens to hard rock, to Metallica.” That’s like when the former Prime Minister of Britain David Cameron mentioned his love of The Smiths and Johnny Marr forbid him from listening to the band anymore.
Other rock and metal classics have been used elsewhere in the past as protest music. Unsurprisingly, Rage Against the Machine’s ‘Killing in the Name’ is rather popular for this: the timeless lyrics to the song were chanted in the U.S. last year as people protested the police killing of George Floyd that spurred the Black Lives Matter movement.
Now that’s how you protest properly. These Turkish students are clearly demonstrating that, when you think you’re in the right, ‘Nothing Else Matters’.