No delight in Turkish situation

The reaction by President Erdogan to last week’s failed coup attempt continues.

NZ Herald: Turkey seizes over 2,250 institutions in post-coup crackdown

Erdogan told France 24 on Saturday that Turkey has no choice but to impose stringent security measures, after the attempted coup that killed about 290 people and was put down by loyalist forces and protesters.

Some of the measures:

  • imposed a three-month state of emergency
  • seized more than 2,250 social, educational or health care institutions and facilities that it claims pose a threat to national security
  • detained or dismissed tens of thousands of people in the military, the judiciary, the education system and other institutions
  • mass dismissals of Turkish teachers
  • closure of hundreds of schools
  • patients at hospitals are being seized and will be transferred to state hospitals
  • the Turkish treasury and a state agency that regulates foundations have taken over more than 1,200 foundations and associations, about 1,000 private educational institutions and student dormitories, 35 health care institutions, 19 labor groups and 15 universities
  • those dismissed cannot work in the public sector and cannot work for private security firms
  • suspects can be detained without charge up to 30 days
  • all detainees’ communications with their lawyers can be monitored upon order of the public prosecutor’s office

From Al Jazeera: Turkey detains top Gulen aide after coup attempt

  • Turkish authorities detained on Saturday a key aide to Fethullah Gulen, the US-based Muslim cleric Turkey blames for a failed military coup attempt
  • Turkish authorities also detained a nephew of Gulen in connection to the coup attempt
  • tens of thousands of people have been detained, sacked or suspended in the wake of the failed coup, as the government vowed to “cleanse” the civl service from Gulen supporters
  • 37,500 civil servants and police officers have so far been suspended, including many from the education ministry
  • more than 10,000people detained (more than 7,000 of those are soldiers, including at least 120 generals)
  •  4,000 arrested
  • authorities would disband the elite presidential guard after detaining almost 300 of its members

Many Turks will be far from delighted.

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  1. Gezza

     /  24th July 2016

  2. Corky.

     /  24th July 2016

    Israel and Turkey. Two beacons of relative hope in that god forsaken part of the world. Get ready to cross Turkey off the list. Ladies get your head gear out. Men, sharpen your knives for community beheadings.

    • Britain, Zionist Israel and the U.S., beacons of despair, Western imperialism, bigotry and exploitation in that God obsessed part of the world.

      “The military in Turkey sees itself as the defender of the country’s secular traditions, and generals have been critical of Mr Erdogan.

      His AK Party, with roots in Islamism, has long had a strained relationship with the military and nationalists in a state that was founded on secularist principles after World War One.”

      “Effectively controlled by the Three Pashas after the 1913 coup d’état, the Ottoman Empire entered World War I (1914 to 1918) on the side of the Central Powers and was ultimately defeated. During the war, the Ottoman government committed ethnic cleansing or genocide against its Armenian, Assyrian and Pontic Greek citizens.[17] Following the war, the conglomeration of territories and peoples that formerly comprised the Ottoman Empire was divided into several new states.[18]

      The occupation of Constantinople and Smyrna by the Allies in the aftermath of World War I prompted the establishment of the Turkish National Movement …with the aim of revoking the terms of the Treaty of Sèvres.[79] By 18 September 1922 the occupying armies were expelled,

      The Turkish War of Independence (1919 to 1922), initiated by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and his colleagues in Anatolia, resulted in the establishment of the modern Republic of Turkey in 1923, with Atatürk as its first president.[19]”

      The single-party period ended in 1945. It was followed by a tumultuous transition to multiparty democracy over the next few decades, which was interrupted by military coups d’état in 1960, 1971, and 1980, as well as a military memorandum in 1997.

      The Kurdish-Turkish conflict to date has claimed over 40,000 lives.[91] Over 3,000 Kurdish villages were burned by Turkish security forces and hundreds of thousands of Kurds displaced,[92] and Kurdish political parties were banned.”

      Great track record by all concerned I’d say …

    • Corky

       /  24th July 2016

      Talking of perspectives, it would seem everyone has a different take on this situation.
      Erdogan’s journey to ultimate power is a very interesting one indeed.

    • Good of you to give a thumbs up to the NYT Alan, not your favourite site I believe. Sadly the author of this piece suggests handing over Gulen based on a few hearsay conversations and the promise of a fair trail from Erdogan, something the author admits Erdogan doesn’t usually offer his opponents.

      Now Turkey has firmly headed down the path of using the institutions of state to punish political losers and reward the winners, it becomes imperative to win elections. Much easier not to call them – just site a continuing state of emergency. Egypt did this from ’67 to ’12. Erdogan will die an old man behind the presidents desk.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  24th July 2016

        I try to judge objectively, artcroft. I don’t necessarily agree with this article, but it does give an interpretation we need to be aware of and presumably comes from a Turkish insider. I didn’t read it as suggesting power should be handed over to Gulen though. I agree the prospects for Turkey and consequently its neighbours look dire.

        As for the NYT, I judge content on its merits, not its source. Re the US politics most articles, but not all, are heavily biased towards the Democrat establishment. Likewise on climate change I don’t see much objective analysis there. But to judge any issue you need to see both sides clearly.

    • Gezza

       /  24th July 2016

      Sounds exactly right to me. Thanks Alan.

  3. Brown

     /  24th July 2016

    ”Many Turks will be far from delighted.”

    This is what you get when you transition from what was effectively a secular state with a Muslim undercurrent to political Islam as required by the Quran. The Turks have got what they voted for so tough luck. It will get much worse than it is now.


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