From today's Turkish Daily News:
The president of the Ankara Chamber of Commerce (ATO), who also spoke at the same press conference, criticized the government for expecting to hear opinions of civil society organizations on 301. “If you are a powerful government and if you have been given the authority to rule the country, then you change the law as you deem correct and take responsibility for it.”
Aygün said Article 301 actually worked to protect those who want to abolish it.
According to the ATO president, individuals who make mindless statements dismissing the people of the country and the nation's assets will continue to do so freely. “They will be comfortable when that happens. However, there's one thing they forget. The citizens will be reacting [to these statements].”
Many thanks to Erkan for posting this link (who I presume does not share my qualified defense of 301) The above sentiment is very much compatible with and validates what I've been saying about Article 301 all along. -AT