NATO is an extremely important thing to remember in any situation with regards toTurkey; how much of this will the NATO countries tolerate and how much secularism will the people demand?
This is all about the intersection of freedom and tolerance and secularism against fundamentalism. Mix in the fact that this culture was founded on the modern basis of anti-fundamentalism and on the bedrock of secularism, and it is easy to see why we should be paying attention. The fundamentalists probably enjoy seeing a "Westernized" woman being assaulted by the riot police; the secularists are, rightly, appalled. Who will win? The rule of law or the morals of people who think women deserve what they get when they stand too close to the tear gas canisters?