Driven by his need to comment in a far more reactive, instantaneous way to the deeply disturbing events in Syria, Iraq and especially Turkey where megalomaniac President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan – driven by absurd narcissistic fantasies about creating a new Ottoman empire of which he would (of course) be Sultan – is driving his deeply divided country towards civil war at the heart of which is what can only be described as Islamo-fascism and the imposition of a massively corrupt police state which brutalises any resistance, Kaya has diversified into political cartooning.
And what does the Turkish embassy think of Kaya’s work?
When Turkish Prime Minister Ahmat Davutoglu visited London on 18th January, Kaya took his two large Erdoğan paintings and set up next to the entrance of Downing Street, across the road from a large, noisy anti-Erdoğan protest. Kaya was quickly approached by two very intimidating Turkish MIT (Millî İstihbarat Teşkilatı) agents attached to the Turkish embassy who introduced themselves to Kaya and proceeded to try and intimidate him, telling him that if he was in Turkey he would be arrested and would serve at least one and a half years in prison for each painting.
The two secret police agents then complained about Kaya’s presence to armed police officers outside Downing Street, telling them that Kaya’s paintings were an insult to the Turkish President and the Turkish State and that Kaya must be removed immediately. They also repeated the information that what Kaya was doing would be a criminal act in Turkey.
The Metropolitan police promptly told them that they would do no such thing and that because we are in Great Britain, people have freedom of speech and the right to peacefully protest against anything they want. The disgruntled MIT bullies had no choice but to walk away.
So… to commemorate the occasion, here’s a few of Kaya’s latest cartoons: