an update here
[Not anything surprising here though…]
I am trying to figure out what happened. The future seems to be bleak. It took some time to figure out who was behind the coup attempt. Still, there are mysteries.
So far it seems for sure that the coup attempt was not staged by Erdoğanists as some circles claimed. It is also hard to believe that Gülenists are that powerful to start a coup. For years and years, we heard how Turkish army was purging Gülenists from the army every year. Since last year, AKP circles began to claim that Gülenists are powerful within the army. Thinking of their organizational capacity, this might be true but there is no evidence for the ordinary citizens to see about that. The coup attempt seems to be small scale and a badly organized one (- and thanks God for that anyway). Or maybe some factions within the army decided not to act. And the ones who started the coup lost it. In any case, the coup plotters did not have a communication plan. They were faceless. Apart from a communique in the Chief of Staff website they did not have any other statement or any spokesperson. When a group of soldiers invaded State TV, they have made the anchorwoman repeat the coup statement. In the mean time, Turkish mainstream media, who are oppressively under pressure under normal times, became anti-coup communication venues. AKP leadership did not use their own TV channels but CNN Türk and NTV. I believe Doğan Media Group (DMG) was quick to realize that the coup would fail. I do not believe DMG has a good record on democratic rights. They would not be anti-coup without seeing the winning side. Surprisingly (or not?) social media was not restricted, too. This will be a case work. Few people would support coup, and anti-coup mobilization could be sustained quicker. Despite the heavy usage, our communications were relatively fast. Anways,
One could be happier after a coup if the counter-measures are limited to coup plotters. Why Prime Ministry would ban news sites?
— efe kerem sözeri (@efekerem) July 17, 2016
These are opposition channels and not all of them are affiliated with Gülenists. I am mostly specialized in media studies, so this ban is the most significant one to arouse suspicions for me.
There are more than 6 thousand arrested and not only soldiers. There is no way to find all connections in the higher judiciary and in other fields to coup plans. It is obvious that government had already lists. The “cleansing” is so wide that it is obvious not only Gülenists are targeted. This causes anxieties. The ruling party is taking over the state, it seems.
Treatment of arrested soldiers and others causes anxieties, too. Without a proper investigation how can we know who was guilty to what extent?
I must still underline the fact the coup attempt was real and some known AKP followers are killed in anti-coup demonstrations. There are at least 161 people killed during the soldiers’ shooting or coup related air force attacks. An urge for bad treatment is understandable but they are not in the boundaries of democratic system… I admire the braveness of those who took the streets but I have to say many of them began to believe coup failed because of them. I don’t believe citizens had much chance against a full-scale military takeover… And some of the citizens who took to the street do not seem to be in favor of democracy but for shariah. But is this necessary? AKP masses are not known to be much democratic anyway. Still religious shows like the one that took place in Kızılay Sq in Ankara are interesting.
A few more tweets and a news roundup:
— efe kerem sözeri (@efekerem) July 17, 2016
— Yeni Şafak English (@yenisafakEN) July 17, 2016
— Noah Blaser (@nblaser18) July 17, 2016
— Ayla Jean Yackley (@aylajean) July 17, 2016
— Esra Yalazan (@aesrayalazan) July 17, 2016
I've read a *lot* of stories in inter. press a/b failed coup. Not *single one* portrayed plotters in positive light. pic.twitter.com/YdBAPVxLka
— Nick Ashdown (@Nick_Ashdown) July 17, 2016
Pres Erdogan's first aide-de-camp is detained. CNNTurk says it's still unknown whether he is involved w/coup plotters.#failedcoup Turkey
— ilhan tanir (@WashingtonPoint) July 17, 2016
— Robert Schuddeboom (@rschuddeboom) July 17, 2016
Halkını ezen birisi asker değil vatan hainidir. https://t.co/D3QZnkkj2G
— AT GÖZLÜKLÜ (@kendinelaik) July 17, 2016
— Conflict News (@Conflicts) July 17, 2016
Mob rule will shape country’s politics as attacks on anyone seen to oppose Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his party continue
The attempted military coup in Turkey on Friday sent shockwaves through the country and international community. Aimed at toppling Turkey’s strongman president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Justice and Development party (AKP), the failed uprising threw a spotlight on a deeply divided country embroiled in war at home and abroad.
The military’s last stand: What went wrong for Turkey’s coup plotters
The Globe and Mail
But not only were the Ergenekon and Balyoz cases alleged plots against the AKP government, they also represented deep schisms within the ranks of the military. In memoirs by leading military cadres and leaked documents, it’s revealed that younger …
Kurdish Movement Releases Statement on Turkey Coup AttemptAnarkismo.net
For the last three years, the Turkish president has been methodically moving to take over the nodes of power
What happens in Turkey matters. It is a G20 economy in a sensitive part of the world, sharing borders with Iraq, Iran and Syria. Turkey is an asset to its Nato partners when it is able to exercise a leadership role. It can be a liability when its own problems – like the tension with its Kurdish population – spill over those frontiers. And it can be a millstone around the world’s neck when it decides, as it did on Friday, to self-harm.
- Incirlik airbase closed to military aircraft after failed coup attempt
- US officials say they are working with Turkey to resume air operations
US-Turkish relations fray over Ankara’s claim that coup was planned by followers of US-based scholar Fethullah Gülen
Turkey has accelerated its crackdown following Friday’s coup attempt, detaining 6,000 people, as the president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, vowed to purge the state of supporters of a US-based Islamist scholar and dissident whom his government blames for the failed putsch.
Living next to the man Erdoğan blames for trying to overthrow the Turkish government has its perks – dinner invitations, for example
The rural town of Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, seems unfazed by the attempted military coup that rocked Turkey overnight on Friday, and threatened to destabilise the region.
The Turkish government, including President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has pointed the finger at Fethullah Gülen – also known as leader of the Hizmet movement – as the mastermind behind Friday’s attempted coup by the country’s military. Butwho is Gülen? We take a look at the Islamic cleric and how he has affected Erdoğan’s presidency
We are witnessing the consolidation of a new form of authoritarianism with a populist streak.
Resistance to the military’s coup attempt may have had more to do with Turkey’s past than with the president’s popularity
Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, remains in power on Saturday after quelling an attempted coup by military officers who seized control of state television the night before, and then proceeded to shell the parliament in Ankara, deploy troops on major bridges in Istanbul and put tanks on the streets of both cities.