Politics and Economics

Coup Underway in Turkey

Coup Underway in Turkey is republished with permission of Stratfor.”

“Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said July 15 that a faction within the military is responsible for a coup that it claims has succeeded. The whereabouts of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was reportedly on vacation, are currently unknown. Turkish Chief of General Staff Hulusi Akar said Turkey is now under military control, despite statements by Yildirim that illegal actions undertaken by the military will not be tolerated. There are reports that Akar has been taken hostage, and he may have made his statement under duress.” Read More.

The best thing about this coup attempt so far is the sudden cessation of all the mawkish prurient coverage of the Nice “Transport Truck as WMD” incident.  For a pretty decent analysis of Nice go here.

I, for one, am not really surprised except that it took the military so long given Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s move toward the Islamic side of the scale. The military have always leant (?) towards the secular … I my short life we have seen the following:

Timeline of Military Coups in Turkey

1952: Turkey forgoes Ataturk’s neutralist policy, joins Nato.

1960: Army stages coup against ruling Democratic Party.

1963: Association agreement signed with European Economic Community.

1965: Suleyman Demirel becomes prime minister; he’ll hold position 7 times.

1971: Army forces Demirel’s resignation after spate of political violence.

1974: Turkish troops invade Cyprus.

1978: U.S. trade embargo resulting from invasion is lifted.

1980: Military coup follows political deadlock, civil unrest. Martial law imposed.

1982: New constitution creates 7-year presidency, reduces parliament to single chamber.

1983: Turgut Ozal’s Motherland Party wins general election.

The 1980 military coup was launched “to bring peace to a polarized society where thousands of people were being killed on the streets,” according to the coup generals and their supporters.

The results of imposing martial law, however, were devastating:

  • The Turkish Parliament was dissolved, the Constitution was revoked, all political parties were shut down and their assets were seized.
  • 650,000 people were taken into custody
  • 230,000 people were put on trial
  • 1,683,000 people were blacklisted
  • Military prosecutors demanded the death penalty for 7,000 people
  • 517 people received the death penalty
  • 50 people were hanged
  • The military rule revoked the citizenships of more than 14,000 people
  • 388,000 citizens were denied Turkish passports
  • 30,000 people fled Turkey to seek refuge abroad
  • 299 inmates died in prisons due to “indeterminate” reasons
  • 14 inmates died in hunger strikes
  • 171 people died under torture
  • 3 journalists were killed
  • 4,000 years of prison time was requested for 400 journalists
  • 31 journalists were jailed
  • Newspapers could not print for 300 days
  • 39 tons of newspapers and periodicals were destroyed
  • 937 movies were banned from screening

So lets see where this one goes, if anywhere. As I have mentioned before, if you don’t get your politics right then nothing goes right.