Turkey isn't "pink and fluffy", I think their behaviour is quite unacceptable in many areas but then that's more a question of morals and ethics rather than genuine concern for the country. On brutal police tactics, someone with a point to prove could easily get plenty of evidence of Britain's police not being too good at protests, it all depends what point you have to prove. Ask many miners about their opinions of police tactics in the 1980s. On your point about someone dying in a peaceful protest at police hands, Ian Tomlinson didn't fall down and die on his own. It's all how you look at things and the vested interest of who is reporting it.
I think it is a case of Turkey not attracting much media attention in the UK and so people are unaware of what goes on there.
We're not talking about just the one death. There have been several. Don't expect any kind of investigation into the deaths either. The government has already declared that foreign backed terrorists are responsible for any deaths.
For the first few weeks of the protests whilst people were being beaten and killed (along with any journalists present) and lawyers were arrested for defending protesters, the Turkish TV channels were not showing any of the protests let alone the violence. They were too busy focusing on cooking programmes.
Hardly the same as 80s Britain let alone modern day Britain.
Turkey is a fully democratic country, an active member of NATO, a long-standing ally of the West and has a military that has a history and culture of stepping in to slap down elected wannabe extremists. I read one quote from a current Turkish General about him being generally content with the current politicians as they'd stabilised the economy, made the country the 17th largest global economy, tripled per-capita income and made Turkey the genuine regional power BUT if they tried to make the state an Islamic Republic then the military were more than ready to step in to depose him.
So... where would you prefer Syria moving towards as a country? Turkey or Iran?
What you seem to have overlooked is the "fully democratic" country has a history of military coups. This is why the Islamist government purged its generals by arresting them on trumped up charges and sentenced them accordingly. I am amazed that a/ you think that a general threatening a military coup is something that happens in democratic states b/ you could find a current general who would say that after the purges.
The economic growth bit is true but the Islamisation and the political thuggery is also true.