Turks Theorize Erdogan Staged Coup to Seize Power

Chris Menahan
InformationLiberation
Jul. 16, 2016

Evidence is beginning to pour in the "coup attempt" in Turkey was staged by Erdogan to seize power.

Every coup in Turkey's history started by capturing the president and taking over the media.

This coup started while Erdogan was on vacation in southern Turkey and his location was unknown to the coup organizers. The coup failed to seize Erdogan, the media, the parliament and the presidential palace.

Erdogan last night on TV described the coup as a "gift from God."

"This uprising is a gift from God to us because this will be a reason to cleanse our army," he said.

This video from France 24 is a good rundown of how miserably the coup attempt failed on all fronts, though the guest says he doesn't think it was staged:



Today it emerged the soldiers who took part in the coup are claiming they were told it was an exercise.

From RT:
Soldiers arrested during a failed coup attempt in Turkey told interrogators that they thought that they were taking part in military exercises.

A group of 678 troops and 10 officers, headed by a colonel, was detained by authorities at Ataturk International Airport overnight.

During the interrogations, some of the soldiers claimed that, initially, they had no idea that they were taking part in an attempt to topple the government, thinking that it was just a military drill.

“Only when people began to climb on the tanks, we understood everything,” the soldiers said, according to Hurriyet newspaper.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has reported that 2,839 soldiers and officers implicated in the overnight coup attempt have been arrested.

At least 265 people have been killed, including 104 pro-coup participants, while 1,440 people were injured in military action in Turkey’s capital, Ankara, and the country’s largest city, Istanbul.

A faction of the Turkish military attempted to overthrow the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday night, employing tanks and attack helicopters.

The conspiracy failed, as the organizers of the coup were unable to gain wide support from the military or population and didn’t manage to capture any high-ranking officials.
Erdogan is claiming exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen organized the coup out of Pennsylvania, but Gulen is saying Edrogan staged the coup himself.


From The Daily Mail:
A US-based Turkish cleric accused of plotting a coup to overthrow the Ankara government has claimed President Recep Erdogan staged the rebellion himself to justify a major clampdown on opposition forces.

Fethullah Gulen, who was a former key ally of Erdogan has been blamed by the politician of using his contacts to develop a 'parallel structure' to overthrow the state.

Erdogan has called on US President Barack Obama to extradite Gulen, who is based in Pennsylvania.

Speaking from his home, Gulen claimed democracy in Turkey could not be achieved through military action.

He condemned the plot, although authorities in Ankara are not convinced.

He said: 'There is a slight chance, there is a possibility that it could be a staged coup. It could be meant for court accusations and associations.'

He added: 'It appears that they have no tolerance for any movement, any group, any organisation that is not under their total control.'
I'd say there's more than a slight chance.



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