‘Turkish opposition parties, the Republican People’s Party (CHP) issued a statement expressing their public opposition to the coup,
The stated aims of the Council are “to reinstate constitutional order, human rights and freedoms, the rule of law and general security that was damaged”.
Can’t have that, now can we?
‘…government rapidly declared the attempt a failure and began prosecuting those involved. The first official reaction came from Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım who addressed the media one day later saying that the situation was “completely under control.” Mass arrests followed with at least 6,000 people being detained including at least 2,839 soldiers and 2,745 judges. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan blamed soldiers linked to the Gülen Movement, which the government has designated as a terrorist organisation under the name FETÖ, for orchestrating the coup attempt, though the Movement’s spiritual leader and exiled cleric Fethullah Gülencondemned the coup and denied any involvement.
During and after the events, several politicians and commentators, notably former leader of the oppositionRepublican People’s Party (CHP) Deniz Baykal, expressed doubt about whether the coup attempt was genuine or staged by the government. The facts that the coup attempt began in the early evening rather than at a more inconspicuous time, that the events were largely confined to Ankara and İstanbul, that no members of the government or MPs were taken hostage and that pro-government media outlets were not obstructed from broadcasting live during the events all led to doubts about the authenticity of the coup attempt, with many journalists and opposition politicians branding it as a ‘tragic comedy’ and a ‘theatre play’. Advocates of such theories pointed to how Erdoğan stood to gain heavily from the coup attempt in terms of increasing his popularity and support for his calls for an executive presidency, while being able to legitimise further crackdowns on civil liberties, judicial independence and the opposition in general. Opponents of Erdoğan’s regime claimed that very little stood in the way of his government eroding the founding principles of the Turkish Republic such as secularism, which the AKP has long been accused of wanting to abolish, and pursuing a more authoritarian agenda.