Democratic victory of the “no” camp in Turkey, claims opposition leader

“Yes” lost in three largest cities including the capital

Trump and Saudi king congratulate Erdoğan

A Journal of People report

People protest against the results of the referendum in Istanbul, Turkey April 16, 2017.People protest against the results of the referendum in Istanbul, Turkey April 16, 2017. STRINGER/REUTERS

The 24 million Turkish citizens who voted against the constitutional changes have scored a “democratic victory” even though they failed to halt the government’s project, the main opposition leader has said, warning that Turkey will be ungovernable with the constitution.

In a phone interview with the Turkish daily Hürriyet on April 17, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the head of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), said, “Despite all the bureaucratic pressure of the state, despite all the state’s financial and bureaucratic resources [used by the government] and despite the ongoing state of emergency, the naysayers claimed a victory for democracy, no matter what they say.”Read More »

Thousands protest in Istanbul

Election officials stamped ballots

Annul referendum, calls opposition

Emergency extended in Turkey

A Journal of People report

1,000s protest Turkey referendum results as Erdogan tells European observers to ‘know your place’

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Turkey On The Road To Fascism

Morning Star Editorial | 18 April, 2017

TURKEY’S constitutional changes endorsed in Sunday’s referendum threaten to take that country further down the road to fascism.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will assume sweeping new powers with which to pursue his authoritarian, neoliberal and Islamist agenda.

Already, since his election in 2014 to what had hitherto been a largely ceremonial post, Erdogan has tightened his grip over the media, the military and the judiciary, backed by his Justice and Development Party (AKP) and extreme nationalist and clerical forces.Read More »

The Mystery of Turkey’s Failed Coup

by Joe Lauria

Consortiumnews.com | 02 August, 2016

More than two weeks after Turkey’s dramatic failed coup, what exactly  happened remains shrouded in mystery leaving only speculation that has hardened into “fact” in the absence of convincing evidence.

Two main theories have emerged: The first is that this was yet another in a longline of CIA-backed coups. The other is that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan either staged or let the coup happen to give him the opportunity to consolidate his rule through a vicious and ongoing purge of his perceived enemies.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses citizens in front of his residence in Istanbul on July 19, 2016. (Photo from official website of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey)

The first theory has now passed into the realm of “fact” because some commentators unquestioningly accept that the CIA tried to remove Erdogan for suddenly seeking to repair relations with Russia, Iran and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Assad is a man Erdogan has squandered substantial political capital trying to overthrow for five years.Read More »

Amid ‘Chilling’ Evidence of Torture, Post-Coup Purge Continues in Turkey

by Nika Knight, staff writer

Common Dreams | 25 July, 2016

Supporters of the ruling party rallied in Istanbul’s Taksim Party over the weekend. (Photo: Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Image)

Human rights advocates are sounding the alarm about Turkey’s crackdown on supposed dissidents, alleging widespread torture of detainees, while the government continues with its post-coup purges of private and public institutions.

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Turkey: A war of two coups

by Sungur Savran

RedMed | 20 July, 2016

On the night of 15-16 July, Turkey went through a cataclysm that stunned the world: a huge section of the armed forces of the country (TSK in its Turkish acronym) attempted to take power from the government of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the AKP, came very close to its objective, but was ultimately defeated. Official statements of imperialist countries celebrate the triumph of democracy. Nothing can be farther from the truth. Furthermore, many commentators, remaining captive to the official explanation of the AKP government, point to the followers of Fethullah Gülen, a powerful imam who has been residing in the US for close to two decades now, as the culprit behind the coup. This is a mystification used by the AKP for various purposes, the most important being to ostracise the Gülenists and to hide from view that a much wider array of forces within the army have taken up arms. And on the left and far left, many are filled with excitement at the sight of civilians climbing over tanks and challenging with bare hands the heavily armed soldiers of the putschist forces. This, too, is a very distorted picture.

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Turkish Leaders Plan Special Courts, Prisons, ‘Graveyard for Traitors’ After Coup

by Nika Knight, staff writer

Common Dreams | 20 July, 2016

A day after Turkish leaders revoked licenses, fired, and arrested tens of thousands of teachers and civil servants allegedly linked to last week’s failed coup, national authorities on Wednesday promised to establish “a special court for trying coup plotters” as well as “a special prison” for those convicted of taking part in the putsch, according to Turkish Weekly.

Meanwhile, Istanbul mayor Kadir Topbaş told a group of protesters late Tuesday that he was planning to create a “graveyard for traitors” to bury the bodies of soldiers killed during the coup, Hurriyet Daily reported.

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Turkey: Attacks and provocations under way after the declaration of “Democracy Fest”

by Mehmet Bayram

Sendika News | 17 July, 2016

antakya_armutlu_mahallesi_17temmuz2016 (2)Here is a list of assaults and provocations we received as of today. We will be updating the list as we get and verify more attacks.

01:50AM Plainclothes police are provoking the residents in Tuzlucayir, Ankara by swearing and assaulting them then trying to arrest. Those who escape the police assaults are seeking refuge in nearby apartments.

00:35AM People refuse to leave the central Ugur Mumcu street in an anti-fascist protest.

00:23AM Police dismantles the barricades in Istanbul’s Gazi district, Yunus Emre neighborhood. Clashes continue in back streets.Read More »

Turkey’s Faltering Democracy

by Paul Pillar

Consortium News | 18 July, 2016

Bearing in mind Erdogan’s increasingly evident authoritarian streak, defeat of the coup is not entirely a victory for liberal democracy. (Photo: Adem Altan / AFP)

Before this week it had come to be broadly accepted conventional wisdom that the days of Turkish military coups were over. After a post-World War II history in which the military had taken over the government about once every ten years, in the last couple of decades the return to the barracks appeared to be final.

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