A new Turkish coup, Erdogan’s maneuvers or army’s unfinished job?

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ANKARA, (BM) – The last days in Turkey some media and public figures have begun to discuss the topic of coups. On the one hand, they remembered the last coup, on the other hand, they talked about the threat of the coming.

It all started last week, when the head of the Istanbul representative office of the Kemalist party (People’s Republican Party/NPP), Janan Kaftanjioglu, stated that “the leadership of the country with the help of one’s ego and ambition harms the state, the people understand everything, and the country is waiting for a change of system, the government will leave with elections or otherwise.”

These words were perceived as a call for a coup.

Plus, the other day, Evrensel columnist Ragyp Zarakolu wrote in his column a text on coups in the history of modern Turkey. The headline read: “Do not run away from a bitter fate”

The authorities took the text as a “subliminal message” (on a charge in 2016 after arresting three Turkish observers, one of them, Ahmet Altan, is still behind bars), calling for an attempted coup and all the worse hinting at the execution of the Turkish president. Erdogan, in turn, has already sued the observers and the editors of the two publications that published this text.

Soon a comment appeared in the Sabah newspaper, the popular columnist Engin Ardych stated that the coup attempt was always in the hands of the Kemalists, and if the rebellion had succeeded in 2016, then the head of the oppositional party of the Popular Democratic Party, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, would become the prime minister.

In general, the topic was swept by many Turkish media. Someone believes that Erdogan is trying to use the topic to change the agenda, to tighten the screws, to rally his electorate, and someone believes that the threat of another coup actually exists.

And the most interesting thing appeared yesterday, one of the religious leaders of Turkey – Ahmet Mahmut Unlu – a preacher and a bright representative of the jamat Ismayilag said that he did not think that Erdogan was trying to use the situation, and there really was a threat of a coup.

When asked why he thinks so, Unlu answered: “Six or seven months ago, I had dreams about a possible coup, so I believe that this is true.” According to him, the threat of a coup does not come from the Gulenists, but from some other forces.

The preacher also recalled that seven months before the coup attempt in 2016, he also had a dream, which later turned out to be prophetic.


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Original source: InfoTV