The AK Party has been targeting thousands of people and the Hizmet movement since the Gezi protests. In other words, have they re-created the brutal state approach?
I wrote this in my column in Radikal so I have the copyright. They argue that Dec. 17-25 was a coup. I am saying that this was a coup, but a coup staged by Erdoğan and the AK Party. They staged a coup to attain their goals by using Dec. 17 and 25. Napoleon was elected president in the third republic of France. He staged a coup and declared himself emperor. Marx dubbed this the “18th Brumaire of Louis Napoleon” because it was staged on the 18th day of the month of Brumaire [the second month of the French Republican Calendar]. As an elected president, he staged a coup and changed the regime of the country. And I defined our case as the “17th December of Erdoğan.” This was our counterpart for “18th Brumaire” in France. He wanted to create a one-man regime as an elected prime minister and president, so he would need a scapegoat. He invented the so-called parallel structure.
So they had the intention.
Yes they did. And they exploited the Dec. 17 and 25 investigations and the Hizmet movement. They launched a McCarthyist campaign within the judiciary and the security bureaucracy to stage a coup. They argued that the Hizmet movement was staging a coup in order to justify their actions and implement the plans through which they would create a different Turkey.
Excerpted from the interview with Mr. Candar, published on Today's Zaman, 14 October 2014, Tuesday