Two towns whose populations are more intermixed due to domestic migration, Dörtyol and İnegöl have been targets of psychological operations in order to start communal strifes. This is a pattern that has been observed several times in pre-1980 coup d’etat. In the old days, Alevis vs. Sunnis tension was manipulated. Now comes Turks vs. Kurds tension. Kurdish populations increase in especially Western parts of Anatolia and this brings some social tension. There have been some other attempts to instigate strifes in recent years but İnegöl and Dörtyol cases that happened in the same week seem to be more deliberate. Mobs agitated by Turkish nationalist themes are mobilized after seemingly personal conflicts between persons that happend to be Kurds and Turks.
Unlike the previous cases, government acted swiftly this time and there have been arrrests in İnegöl and security forces patrol the city. Mobs are cowards. When they see security forces at work, they back down. In fact, in most of the cases, security forces are “called to wait” and then come the massacres. This time the government will not let this happen. It seems. Well, apparently these operations aim to destabilize the country and calls for “law and order” regime. Not more democratizations…
In the mean time, Mr. Kılıçdaroğlu who emerged as a symbol of hope for some in opposition continue to embarrass himself with ridicilous allegations.. That’s the best CHP could reach…
In the mean time, judiciary battles continue. There is a warrant to arrest 102 active and retired military officials although it is not executed yet… We will see the drama unravel in the next days…
Four police officers were killed in an attack on a police car in the south-eastern city of Dörtyolu; the party building of the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party was burned; shops owned by Kurds were demolished. Tension is still rising high in the region.
from YOL (routes de Turquie et d’ailleurs) by anne
Inegöl s?est réveillée avec la gueule de bois, lundi dernier. Cette petite ville de la province de Bursa ne s?attendait pas à devenir le théâtre de la violence inter ethnique qui l?avait submergée durant toute la nuit.
When nongovernmental organizations, foundations, bar associations, political parties and individuals began to discuss the Kurdish problem thanks to an environment of freedom created by reforms, Turks saw Kurds as a group.
A few days ago Milliyet daily writer Taha Akyol wrote, ?If a portion of Turkey becomes Kurdistan, the other part will completely be Turkistan.? This view expressed a certain reality.Let me put it more clearly.
Our international readers may be confused as to why many of us Turkey-based commentators continue to spend considerable time following events regarding the Sept. 12 referendum. The reason is that the upcoming public vote marks a turning point in modern Turkish history.
In the past several weeks tensions in Turkey have escalated with the news of street conflicts erupting between Turks and Kurds in various parts of the country. The latest incidents occurred in Bursa?s İnegöl district and Dörtyol in Hatay.
What the prime minister and defense minister will do during the Supreme Military Council (YAŞ) meeting, slated for this weekend, is very important. This is what Chief of General Staff Gen. İlker Başbuğ discussed with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at a midnight meeting on Sunday.
Former 1st Army Commander Çetin Doğan was arrested on the Bodrum airport upon an arrest warrant related to the “Sledgehammer” coup plan trial. Chief of General Staff Başbuğ convoked a meeting after the court decided to issue a total of 102 arrests warrants.
Lawyers appealing a court order to arrest hundreds of military officers accused of plotting to overthrow the ruling party faced a setback when their request to replace the judges hearing the case was rejected
Undoubtedly, Turkey has been passing through an unprecedented period. As the country focused on the upcoming referendum on Sept. 12, when the nation will decide whether to make the most comprehensive reform to the current Constitution yet, an İstanbul court dropped a bombshell of a ruling late on Friday.
Following an arrest warrant issued for 102 military officers, including 28 generals, as part of a trial on an alleged coup plot code-named Sledgehammer, the Turkish Parliament is expected to eliminate or amend the infamous Article 35 of the Internal Service Law of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK).
Republican People?s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu astonished everyone by claiming early this week that the General Staff and the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government struck a deal in 2007 for the release of a military memorandum against the government that year so that the party would benefit from a position of victimization.
You must have heard the reckless claim of Republican People?s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, who said the military released the April 27 e-memorandum against the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government in 2007 to ensure that the party secured a second term in power.
The report of the Social Policy Forum reviewed socio-economic inequality and discrimination as two problems that became permanent and started to seem natural. The report suggests public policies to remove these intertwined inequalities.