As a symbolic act, Çetin Doğan, one of the military leaders of 28 February coup was jailed just before the anniversary of the event. All civilian political leaders that became part of the post-coup coalition are gone except Devlet Bahçeli. All these happened in 13 years and this is a lesson for all, even for the then victims of the coup who became the governing bodies of Turkey, if you know I mean…
A scene of anti-coup protest in the anniversary of 28 February coup.
For more protest photos see the Islamist Haksöz website here.
Yesterday marked the 13th anniversary of the unarmed coup d?état staged by the military on Feb. 28, 1997. The Feb. 28 postmodern coup, during which the military overthrew the coalition government led by Necmettin Erbakan of the now-defunct Welfare Party (RP), is important for one to understand what is going on in Turkey today because many current developments stand as a reflection of the Feb. 28 period.
Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul (L) welcomes Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (C) and Chief of Staff General Ilker Basbug (R) at the Presidential Palace in Ankara February 25, 2010. REUTERS/Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Presidential Palace Press Office/Handout
The 70 Million Steps Against Coups Coalition, one of the most civil, most colorful and most courageous initiatives of recent years, organized a rally to protest military coups, titled ?Early finale: the end of 1,000 years,? in Taksim yesterday, i.e., on Feb. 28, the anniversary of the postmodern military coup of Feb. 28, 1997.
Our readers will be well aware of what began 13 years ago on this day: the coalition government of then-Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan was ultimately forced to resign by the military; others would say ?made to abandon their posts.?
(From L-R) Turkey’s parliamentary speaker Mehmet Ali Sahin, President Abdullah Gul, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, Chief of Staff General Ilker Basbug and main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal attend a funeral in Ankara February 28, 2010. Turkey’s prime minister met the head of the armed forces on Sunday, two days after the arrest of two retired generals over an alleged coup plot risked renewing tension between the government and the military. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
Coups, memoranda and the military?s frequent meddling in politics have dealt great damage to the country. A military mentality that never trusts civilian politicians, that views itself as the sole savior of the country and that regards itself as entitled to humiliate politicians will always undermine the political stability in this country.
What is going on in Turkey? I often hear this question raised nowadays by foreign observers of Turkish politics. To this, some Western journalists have a very simple answer: ?A power struggle is taking place between the Islamist Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government and the secularist military.?
After the latest wave of arrests in Turkey, the Western media has finally begun to show some interest in what is going on in Turkey in the framework of civilian-military relations. As usual, the comments are divided between those who believe that there is a high risk of Islamization in the country and those who see the birth pangs of genuine democracy.
Last week military commanders were detained for the first time in Turkish history as part of the investigation into the Sledgehammer and Cage coup plans. As a citizen, I would feel very sorry to see the claims against the generals and army staff proven true. So far, the evidence and the approach of the prosecutors and the court indicate a very serious situation.
Today a further eighteen soldiers, one of them retired, were taken into police custody. They are being brought to Istanbul.
Turkish army tanks parading in front of a giant banner with a portrait of the founder of modern Turkey Mustafa Kemal Ataturk during Victory Day celebrations in Ankara. Turkish President Abdullah Gul has said he is sure Turkey will overcome a crisis triggered by a massive probe into an alleged 2003 military plot to overthrow a conservative Islamic government.
A meeting between President Abdullah Gül, Chief of General Staff Gen. İlker Başbuğ and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at the Çankaya presidential palace on Thursday turned everyone?s attention to Ankara. The extraordinary summit was held in the wake of a fresh wave of detentions and arrests of senior military officers as part of a coup plot investigation.
The government has charged a number of high-ranking officers with plotting a coup.
The Turkish military has long served as the guardian of secular rule in Ankara, even when it meant staging a coup to do so. Turkey’s elected Islamist-based government, meanwhile, has sought to subordinate the military to civilian rule as befits a democratic country, although perhaps not always by the purest means.”
The detention of 49 retired and active duty generals and military officers of various ranks was based on criminal investigations into documents related to the Balyoz (Sledgehammer) plan. An examination carried out by the Council of Forensic Medicine (ATK) revealed that the documents were produced on computers belonging to the army.
The republic rallies organized in 2007 by the Atatürkist Thought Association, chaired by retired Gen. Şener Eruygur — now a defendant in the investigation into Ergenekon, a shadowy network nested within the state aiming to overthrow the government — had a single purpose: to show the Turkish and international public that Turkey has distanced itself from democracy and modern values, but has grown increasingly Islamic.
Anyone following the news the past couple of days may have noticed that the current government of Turkey has arrested a number of former military offices and accused them of plotting a coup. Consider this report on the al-Jazeera website today: