Published On: Wed, Jan 4th, 2017

State of Emergency in Turkey Extended Amidst “Istanbul Shooting” Hysteria

nsnbc : Amidst assurances that Turkey was certain who was responsible for the shooting at a nightclub in Istanbul, New year’s night, the government, on January 3, extended the state of emergency in the country for another three months.

nauman-kurtelmus_ankara_turkey_jan-3-2017Following a Cabinet meeting on January 3, 2016, Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtelmus announced that the Cabinet had decided to extend the state of emergency in the country as of January 19, for another 90 days, with the parliament’s approval.

It’s noteworthy that MPs of Turkey’s leftist HDP have been detained, the press has been subjugated by gag orders, and even the opposition CHP barely dares to utter skepticism about the “emergency” and constitutional change that is being paced through parliament during that “emergency”.

That is, constitutional changes that will concentrate almost all power in the presidency while the parliament will be demoted to a side-show similar to the rubber-stamp parliament in Iran.

Kurtelmus claimed that the reason for the extension of the state of emergency was  the presence in public institutions of the Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ). The self-exiled Islamic cleric Fetullah Gülen and Gülenists, including Hizmet, have been blamed for the “failed” military coup attempt on July 15, 2016. Gülen, who is resident in the United States, is among analysts known for close ties to US, NATO, as well as Turkish intelligence circles.

Gülenists were, among others, responsible for planting false evidence that led to the notorious Ergenekon and Balyoz trials that removed hundreds of high-ranking secular and republican officers from Turkey’s armed forces. However, Kurtelmus said: “The clearance of FETÖ elements from the state has not yet been completed. We need the application of the state of emergency until the end of the clearing of FETÖ and all terror groups in the state”.

Ironically, it is the leftist HDP which denounced the AKP government’s unilateral disruption of peace talks with the PKK and the resumption of military crackdowns in predominantly Kurdish regions of the country that has been hardest affected by the state of “emergency” that was declared on July 20,2016.

The announcement about the extension of the state of emergency was made, unceremoniously, and barely covered by media, while claims were made that the government is certain who was responsible for the nightclub shooting without presenting any evidence other than unsubstantiated claims and allegations “allegations”, and references to questionable ISIL websites.

F/AK – nsnbc 04.01.2016

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