Purge Continues: Thousands of Judges Under
Barbancey - Translated By Henry Crapo
21, 2016 "Information
- After the failed "coup détat", the purge
continues in the army and in the justiciary.
9000 civil servants have been fired. A European
commissioner expresses his belief that "we at
least have the impression that something had
been prepared in advance".
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogans dream.
With the coup aborted, he can realize it: almost
9 000 employees of the Turkish Ministry of the
Interior, mostly police and gendarmes, have been
dismissed. A provincial governor and 29
governors of municipalities have also been laid
off, the agency adds. Some 6000 members of the
military have also been placed in custody and
nearly 3000 arrest warrants have been issued
against judges and attorneys. Officially, this
house-cleaning is aimed at people suspected of
links with the exiled preacher in the United
States, Fethullah Gülen, accused by the
president Erdogan of plotting the coup attempt;
Gülen categorically denies it. But in reality,
he who is often called "the new sultan" has
shifted into high gear toward what is his main
goal: to strengthen presidential powers, to
redraw the political-administrative map more to
his liking, and to restore the death penalty.
The Peoples Democratic Party (HDP) is opposed to
this; they demand that the rule of law be
unpreparedness of the putschists and their
are not merely speculations. Since the events
that occurred on Friday night, many questions
have arisen. And the attitude of power only
serves to strengthen these concerns. One can
also be amazed by the unpreparedness of the coup
plotters, or, in any case, by the amateurism
that led them not to follow the basic rules of
the coup, including that of neutralizing the
number 1 in the country. Instead, Recep Erdogan
was able, via video-conferencing equipment, to
contact the country and then to get on a plane
from his resort town to reach Istanbul, where
his supporters were waiting. The coup leaders
did not seek to block the garrisons that were
not in revolt, nor the areas where special
forces were based. An attempted coup in haste,
without much chance of success, therefore. At
this stage, one can legitimately ask whether the
domestic intelligence services, which remained
loyal to the central government, simply let the
coup proceed, in order to trigger the current
"cleansing" operation in the administration and
the army. Especially as, be it connected with
Fethullah Gülen or not, in a very recent meeting
of the military council, dissension had appeared
among the staff.
has at least the impression that something had
been prepared. The lists (for arrests - Ed) were
ready, suggesting that they were prepared to
serve at one time or or another. I am very
concerned. This is exactly what we feared," said
even the European Enlargement Commissioner,
Johannes Hahn. An unusual tone that is found
among many European leaders, starting with the
French Foreign Minister, usually more discreet
with regard to Turkey. "For the future (...) we
want the rule of law to be fully functioning in
Turkey; this is not a blank check to Mr. Erdogan,"
said the head of French diplomacy on France 3.
The Europeans will remind him (...); in
Brussels, we will talk about Turkey and insist
that Turkey must also comply with European
democratic standards. No purges; the rule of law
must apply." Even more surprisingly, asked to
say if Turkey remained a reliable ally in the
fight against the jihadist organization,
Jean-Marc Ayrault said: "There are questions
that have been posed, and which we will pose.
There is a some question of reliability, and
some part of suspicion, I must say in sincerity.
these new developments, Recep Erdogan now wants
to go right to the end, even engaging in a
standoff with the United States on the
extradition of Gülen, all the while calling for
the mobilization of his supporters. For months,
Erdogan has attacked all forms of dissent in the
country. Journalists and press are prime
targets, not to mention his violations of
parliamentary law, aimed at members of the HDP.
We append a translation of a
recent article by reporter Thierry Meyssan, as
Manipulation in Turkey
President Erdoğan is a product of the Millî
Görüş, an Islamist militia that supported the
jihadists in Russia in the 90s and hatched a
coup in 1999.
2003, Recep Tayyip Erdogan became prime minister
of a member state of NATO.
2011, the Erdoğan government signed a secret
treaty with France, involving it in the wars
against Libya and Syria in exchange for the
"right" to expel its Kurdish population into a
state that would be created for the occasion.
2012, President Erdoğan took over Prince Bandar
bin Sultans role as coordinator of jihadist
2013, President Erdoğan took over the role of
Emir Hamad of Qatar in sponsoring the Muslim
Brotherhood. He then moved to Izmir the
headquarters of Land Forces Command of NATO, the
Landcom, which coordinates the war against
2014, the Erdoğan government participated in the
transformation of the Islamic Emirate in Iraq by
providing the 80,000 fighters of the Iraqi
brotherhood Naqchbandis, the group that had
created the Millî Görüş in Turkey.
the attempt to overthrow the Erdogan government
appeared to be the end of the war against Syria.
Yet, it would simply disorganize the
international coalition for the time necessary
for the different functions of President Erdoğan
to be re-assigned to other leaders.
military involved in the July 16 events have
been betrayed from within: no regime
personalities have been arrested, neither Hakan
Fidan, nor Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Those who took
the premises of national television TRT made the
fine announcement that they controlled the
country, but none of the strategic objectives
had been targeted. There have been many rumors,
but no trace of a coup, save perhaps by those
who attacked the empty buildings of the National
Grand Assembly; traces of which attack now
appear as a warning to the Deputies.
leader of the coup has made contact with the
opposition to join in forming a new regime, so
that the latter, frightened at the idea of the
possible return of a military dictatorship,
joined ranks with their enemy, the AKP.
before the end of the attempted coup,
Presidents Erdoğans men arrested the
gendarmerie officers who had opposed him, but
were in no way involved in the coup. By the time
it was over, they not only had arrested the
plotters of the coup, but also more than 7000
other people, sacked more than 8000 officials,
suspended 2700 judges and the Vice President of
the Constitutional Court. The lists of their
names had long been waiting in the white Palace.
The great purge of followers of Fethullah Gülen
United States seemed most surprised by this
betrayal. After consulting the former president
Abdullah Gül, then a magistrate, as possible
successors of the president, they aided the
Peoples Democratic Party (HDP) during the rigged
elections of November 2015, and recently a
magistrate. Clearly, they were informed in
advance of the coup and were rejoicing. France,
also aware, had closed its embassy and consulate
on the evening of July 13.
now destroyed his opposition, President Erdoğan
can continue unhindered to lead his country
along the road of the Sultan Abdühamid II and of
the Young Turks: ethnic cleansing.