An investigation in Special Forces headquarters continues more than 24 hours. It is called the “Cosmic Room”, military’s top secrets are kept. Even copying is not permitted so the Judge takes notes about documents found there….
President of the Turkish parliament and vice prime minster Bulent Arinc, seen here on the right in 2007. Eight soldiers have been questioned over a presumed plot against Turkey’s vice prime minister, the army has said on its website. (AFP/File/Str)
Just as there were heated debates in Turkey about an assassination plot against Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç, which was discovered with the detention of two military officers around Arınç?s house last weekend, police teams searched the offices of the two officers over the weekend, and eight soldiers were detained in the same investigation.
Three important weekday developments: 1 — Star daily Ankara representative Şamil Tayyar was given a prison sentence over his book on Ergenekon. 2 — Mehmet Baransu, who made press history with his news pieces in the Taraf daily, was taken to court after an arrest warrant was issued.
Turkey is trying to make sense of why an initiative the government — which has been working ?sincerely? to improve things with respect to a number of issues in the country — launched and described as a ?state project? is being depreciated by another organ of the state.
Writer Enver Sezgin has said with the closure of the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party (DTP), the Kurdish initiative entered a new phase which carries uncertainties with it, especially if the sides of the conflict do not position themselves well.
A recently uncovered assassination plot against Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç has led to a bitter polarization in Turkey. While some took the plot seriously because there is strong evidence of the existence of such a plan, others chose to downplay it and said the allegations had been ?exaggerated.?
?Given the current state of affairs, it is essential that the party which will replace the Democratic Society Party (DTP) stop being a satellite of the Kurdistan Workers? Party (PKK), develop its own personality and be established with greater participation to the highest extent possible and review its discourse, actions, attitudes and behaviors. The deputies of the DTP should be able to keep themselves within Parliament and democracy in their new parties.? (Açık Görüş, Dec. 20).
The [outlawed] Kurdistan Workers? Party (PKK) has just realized that in its struggle, which it claims it is waging for idealistic goals, it has not been able to win any approval from the Turkish public.
The foul language Diyarbakır Mayor Osman Baydemir used in front of reporters is a good indication of the current status of the democratic initiative. Baydemir is one of the most civilized Kurdish politicians. He is also a gentle politician.
[Originally published in Hurriyet Daily News] If you want to see something truly amazing about Turkey these days, take a look at the recent “insulting AtatÃ¼rk” case opened against Can DÃ¼ndar. Mr. DÃ¼ndar is a renowned public intellectual. He writes a column for the daily Milliyet, an established center-left paper, and hosts a TV show on NTV, a centrist news channel. He is a secular democrat and is certainly among the admirers of Mustafa Kemal AtatÃ¼rk, the godfather of Turkey’s secularism. Several years ago DÃ¼ndar had made a documentary about AtatÃ¼rk named “SarÄ± Zeybek.” All the Kemalists loved it, for it was a very emotional tribute to the Supreme Leader. The film was presented to students in schools across the country, and DÃ¼ndar received praise from all over.