Towards Referendum (2): PSYOPs in Dörtyol and İnegöl

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…

Unrest against Kurdish Population in Hatay

from Bianet :: English
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.

Dörtyol'da gergin protesto

Dörtyol et Inegöl – 2 petites villes turques sous haute tension ethnique

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.

Scenes of racism from our homeland

The incidents that took place in İnegöl, Bursa province, early this week (in which Kurds and Turks clashed) are unfortunately neither the first nor the last.

Ethnic clash: playing with fire

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.

GÜRKAN ZENGİN – Managing terror and mass psychology

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.

KLAUS JURGENS – 42 days to go — provocations continue, democracy to win

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.

FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK – Social harmony at risk

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.

ORHAN KEMAL CENGİZ – 1915, 1934, 1955, 1978, 1993, 2010…

There were two tragic incidents in two small towns in Turkey this week. In İnegöl and Dörtyol ?angry crowds? wanted to lynch some Kurdish citizens.

Pro-Kurdish party members cancel protest visit to Dörtyol

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Members of the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party, or BDP, were stopped by police as they tried to enter the town of Dörtyol to protest the events that took place in the town on Monday.

HÜSEYİN GÜLERCE – A YAŞ test ahead of the referendum

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.

Why is it not enough? Why Yes? (2) by ÜMİT KARDAŞ

I will continue explaining why one should vote in favor of the constitutional reform package in the referendum, which is set to take place on Sept. 12.

Former High-Ranking Military Officer Doğan Arrested

from Bianet :: English
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.

Officers in Turkey coup claim face setback

from – World, Europe
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

ŞULE KULU – Sledgehammer makes a comeback

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.

Turkey detains 102 in ‘coup plot’

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
A court orders the arrest of 102 people, including senior military figures, for plotting to overthrow the government in 2003.

Turkish court orders arrest of coup plot suspects

from – World, Europe
Turkish court orders the arrest of 102 people, including retired military commanders suspected of plotting to overthrow Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s government in 2003

Turkish indictment: Coup plotters offered PKK cooperation
The Istanbul 10th Criminal Court accepted on Monday the indictment in the Sledgehammer plan, a suspected coup plot created in 2003 at a military gathering

Ergenekon investigators are at unease as well
Hürriyet (blog)
Those who deal with the Ergenekon case one way or another and as they state ?taking our courage in both hands? while fighting this struggle are not very

LALE KEMAL – Coups and Article 35

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).

FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK – A ridiculous allegation

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.

What a lie

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.

ETYEN MAHÇUPYAN – Referendum and reforms

Questions such as who is controlling or who is directing the process of change in Turkey have lost meaning as of late. It is as if the momentum of the change dynamic has become a subject of its own.

Ahmet Türk’s attacker fined by Turkish court

from Hurriyet Dailynews
The man who punched Kurdish politician Ahmet Türk has been sentenced to serve 11 months and 20 days in prison, a punishment later reduced to a court fine.

Mapping out Inequality in Turkey

from Bianet :: English
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.

Turkey Softens Terror Law That Jailed Young Kurds

from NYT > Turkey by By DAN BILEFSKY
The Parliament passed a bill reducing the sentences of hundreds of Kurdish youths, some of them guilty only of attending protests.

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