Summer cleaning in Turkey, a song about a coup d’état
2016 we could follow an attempt of the military to take control in Turkey and that is, historically speaking, not a new occurrence for Turkey, with the last one happening 1980 I believe. Some other military strong-arming has happened after that, so one should perhaps not be to surprised what happened 15th of July.
What strikes me as more curious is how quick and widespread president Erdogan started cleaning out people across the board. From the military, obvious, but also from schools, academics are forbidden to leave the country and so on.
Now this might be some quick reacting from a president that likes to shut down independent TV stations and newspaper.
But still I am left wondering how quickly he acted, almost like he has had a plan for just this event and just waited for an opportune moment to act. One could go so far as to believe that he had his hand in the cookie jar, but that might be taking it a bit to far.
To clean out the military is obvious, if a military coup has happened there will be arrests in that organisation. But schools, that really left me baffled until I realised something about the president. He wants power and he neither need or want any opposition. Academics would be a pool of that, so striking them has a twisted logic. The same logic that shuts down critical newspapers or TV channels.
As I recently read George Orwell and one can not help but to see some striking similarities between his books and reality.
So a military coup gave the president a possibility to get rid of opponents, a summer cleaning if you will. I would not be surprised if the next step is to start jolting the constitutional court to move them his way. He has already stated that he “neither respect nor accept” the ruling from the constitutional court regarding the detention of two journalists that had their rights violated.
So without to much foresight I think we will see more power in the presidents hand. New constitutional amendments that will work in his favour.
That said, the military coup, if that would have succeeded, would have been even worse. Whatever you think about the president, he has been democratically elected, and that is always better than a military junta.
Shutting my eyes I however see several democratically elected leaders that themselves did not act very democratically and then I open my eyes to watch what will happen.