Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his media arms are spreading rumors about a new coup that will take place in Turkey, similar to the coup d’etat of 2016, the head of the Future opposition party and former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu revealed.
Davutoglu denounced the governing authority’s way in implementing its agendas: “This situation turns our country into a dwarf state, and turns the governing authority into a propaganda company, creating a horrible image for Turkey, as countries should be ruled seriously, not with propaganda on the social media.”
These practices are clear indications of the governing authority’s fear of the people, according to Davutoglu.
The statements of the former member of the ruling party AKP, published on the Suzjo opposition website stress that Erdogan and AKP’s speeches are no more than attempts to change the political agenda and legalize their exploitative and authoritarian tendencies.
Davutoglu expressed his surprise by Erdogan’s meeting with his government: “The State’s critical problems cannot be addressed through video conferencing, as no one can guarantee cybersecurity. Therefore, these meetings must be held face-to-face taking into account social distances,”
Davutoglu noted that the authority must confront its concerns first, instead of spreading concerns among people.
“The government is afraid of the economy’s bill, afraid of problems, afraid of democracy, and afraid of justice, and most importantly, it is afraid of the nation. Because it is afraid, it does not want to hear the voices of merit, justice, common sense, democracy and differences,” the new opposing figure pointed out.
Davutoglu accused the media authorities of repeating the talk and the previous preamble about alleged coup attempts, saying:
“Unfortunately, when talking about a probable coup d’etat, some authority supporters boast about the number of weapons they will carry, the bullets that they will fire, the amount of blood that will be shed, and how they will avenge,” the former minister said.
“Those who are unable to manage the enormous crises that have been hitting the country since the end of February, and do not know how to pay the heavy bill in the coming months, are attempting to manipulate the political agenda.
Weaknesses of the Governing Authority
Concluding his statements, Davutoglu said that Turkey is still a state where coup d’etat could take place as long as the President is not in the capital, Istanbul: “These coups would not be thwarted unless Erdogan return to Istanbul, which he left 45 days ago (since the coronavirus outbreak), they cannot be thwarted via twitter.”
“The masks’ crisis is an example that reveals the weakness of the governing authority that has failed in distributing masks,” Davutoglu referred.
The fifth coup d’etat in Turkey’s modern history had failed after a few hours of announcing it in 2016. It was described as a “military coup” as aTurkish official announced that 29 colonels and five generals were demobilized from the army, against the backdrop of the attempting to execute a coup d’etat.
754 members of the Turkish military forces, headed by Chief of Staff of the Third Army, Akram Cagler, were arrested. The situation remained tense until Prime Minister Ben Ali Yildirim announced at 4 a.m. by phone call with NTV channel that government had largely controlled the “stupid coup” attempt.
History of Coups
During its modern history, Turkey has witnessed many coups d’etat, the first of which was on May 27, 1960, when a military coup overthrew the elected democratic government as well as the president.
Eleven years later, the memorandum coup which took place in 1971, when a military memorandum was sent by the army instead of tanks, similar to what happened in the previous coup d’etat.
Thirdly came the coup of Canaan Evren in September 1980, where unprecedented political and bloody repression was practiced, and it was considered as the most famous coup in Turkish history.
In 1997 the white coup against the government of Najmuddin Erbakan took place, and five years later the AKP Party was formed by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ali Babacan, Davutoglu, Abdullah Gul and others, in response to the coup, which party achieved a landslide victory In the 2002 elections.