The recent Turkish coup is only one in a long history of military interventions to restore the constitution of the government. Over the last several decades there have been many instances of the armed forces seizing control of the nation to replace corrupt elected leaders. However, this time, President Recept Tayyip Erdoğan, has the complete support of the American president.
Under the support of his American counterpart and in retaliation to the military coup, Erdoğan has initiated a cleanse of all who oppose him politically. A recently leaked excerpt from a yet unpublished article for a German publication claims that Erdoğan himself initiated the coup and urged everyone under his command to blame Fethullah Gülen, a Turkish opposition imam now living in exile.
Ilhan Tanir, a Turkish reporter and correspondent, posted this excerpt on Sunday claiming that the coup was a setup by Erdoğan and that his source was credible and reliable.
This is from German FOCUS magazine. It's not online yet. I'm told the reporter of piece v. credible on intel matters pic.twitter.com/PBqlTlw22C
— ilhan tanir (@WashingtonPoint) July 25, 2016
has lengthened the amount of time a person can be legally held without charging them with a crime from 4 days to 30 days and there have been reports of torture and rape among those recently arrested. CNN has reported that 42 journalists have been arrested and an entire magazine publication has been shut down. Other reports claim that more than 50,000 citizens have been suspended or dismissed from their positions in the ongoing purge.
Fethullah , has denied any involvement in the attempt to overthrow Erdoğan in the military coup stating, “For more than 40 years, Fethullah Gülen and Hizmet participants have advocated for, and demonstrated their commitment to, peace and democracy.”
“We have consistently denounced military interventions in domestic politics. These are core values of Hizmet participants. We condemn any military intervention in domestic politics of Turkey,” Gülen said from his exile in Pennsylvania.
Turkey has seen several military interventions over the last few decades as their laws require the military to protect its constitution. In the previous revolutions, the military has always removed the criminal civilian government and then returned the power of the country back to the people through an electoral process. However, during this attempt, Erdoğan urged his supporters into the streets in an attempt to thwart the military. With the recent influx of immigrants into Turkey and President Obama’s support, this tactic worked well and the coup attempt was squashed.
It is ironic that the people of Turkey desire a democracy and also support Erdoğan. It is clear that this leader is using the national crisis to rid himself of his opponents while using methods of torture and unlawful detainment to scratch out any who oppose his command. This does not sound like the “democratic way” to me and I am appalled to think that our own American leader would support such barbaric actions.
H/T [Conservative Tribune]