Dinçer Demirkent writes: Comparisons between July 15 and the Turkish War of Independence, attempts to define it a “new war of independence” or brand it as a symbol of the new regime have all failed. President Erdoğan's efforts to establish political hegemony and found new institutions had already expired by the time of the attempted coup.
A pollster conducted a survey to understand if religious sects and communities have discredited themselves in the eyes of the Turkish public following the July 15, 2016 coup attempt, which is widely believed to have been undertaken by the Gülen movement. The survey found that some 9.7 percent of Turkish parents are still willing to send their children to schools affiliated with religious sects, if the government was ever to allow the opening of such schools.
Turkey's Presidency mandated that everyone who will attend the July 15, 2016 coup attempt memorial ceremony be tested for COVID-19. One politician noted that none of the deputies are tested for general sessions and that the precaution is required for being in the president's presence.
Ex-military judge gets 6-month suspended sentence for accusing Hulusi Akar of negligence in coup attempt
Former military judge Ahmet Zeki Üçok has been handed a six-month suspended prison sentence on charges of "insulting" Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, who was the chief of staff during the failed coup attempt of July 15, 2016. Üçok had said that Akar needed to "stand trial" for negligence in the coup attempt.
Turkey’s Court of Cassation upholds life sentence for jailed Admiral Nejat Atilla Demirhan in coup case
Turkey's Court of Cassation has upheld an aggravated life sentence against jailed former Navy Mediterranean Region Commander Admiral Nejat Atilla Demirhan on charges concerning the July 2016 failed coup attempt. Demirhan has been found guilty of leading the coup attempt in the southern province of Mersin.
CHP asks when AKP official will be summoned to testify after ‘confessing Gülen network’s political leg’
Turkey's main opposition CHP spokesperson Faik Öztrak has said that an AKP official who recently resigned from his post had "confessed" about the ruling party "being the political leg" of the Gülen network. He asked if prosecutors will summon former AKP official Emre Cemil Ayvalı to testify over his comments, as they did for former army chief İlker Başbuğ.
Islamist TV commentator Sevda Noyan who had claimed her family would kill 50 plotters if a coup attempt was ever repeated is facing three to six years in prison. Noyan had said that she had neighbors she'd deemed plotters and even a list of people she'd target.
Instead of extensive and detailed expressions about the solution to the Kurdish issue, the document highlights an approach that can be summarized as a “peaceful” solution. Throughout the entire text, it stresses that Turkey’s real problem is the current administration system, which is described as the “institutionalization of fascism.”
Unlike the actual social distancing lines, the imaginary lines for freedoms and rights in Turkey are blurry and changing. The President and his allies distort and change the law to suit their whims. The Penal Code, the Constitution, and universal law are twisted accordingly.
A member of Turkey’s media watchdog council said that the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) attempts at manipulating the news cycle no longer worked. The councilman noted that Ankara’s media outlets are ineffective as there is a dramatic gap between their narrative and the reality of the citizens’ lives.
HDP deputy chairman Saruhan Oluç has said that rumors of a new coup attempt in Turkey are aimed to provide the ruling AKP with a story of victimization, questioning why Defense Minister Hulusi Akar is silent on the issue if there is really a threat of a coup attempt on the horizon. Main opposition CHP chair Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu on the other hand said that the AKP initiated the rumors to "cover up its inaptitude" in governing the country.
Some 13 actors who were laid off from their jobs at the Istanbul Municipality City Theater were reinstated after three years and seven months. The actors were laid off during the state of emergency declared after the botched coup attempt of July 15, 2016 in an attempt to cleanse state institutions of supporters of U.S-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen, Ankara's top suspect for the failed takeover.
AKP co-founder Bülent Arınç has commented on prosecutors' showing civic activist Osman Kavala's alleged phone calls with U.S. academic Henri Barkey as evidence against the philanthropist in the coup investigation. Arınç said Barkey played an important role in the the foundation of the AKP and Kavala's contact with him should not be considered as a "crime."
Just as Kavala was preparing for his release after 840 days spent in the Silivri Prison, the prosecutor’s office announced the philanthropist would be questioned on “attempting to overthrow the constitutional order." This proves how partial, arbitrary and politically involved the Turkish judiciary is. Yet the dynamics of this process remain unclear.
Faruk Güllü, the owner of a chain of restaurants specializing in the popular regional desert baklava, has been sentenced to eight years and nine months in prison on charges of being a member in an armed terror organization by an Istanbul court. Güllü was convicted on the basis of alleged connections with Fethullah Gülen, the exiled, US-based Islamic preacher that the Turkish government accuses of being behind the July 2016 failed coup attempt.