+++ 13. Januar 2009 +++
Ergenekon Arrests Preempt Coup Plan,
Were the British Young Turks planning a coup in Turkey? This certainly appears to be the case, given that Turkish authorities issued a new round of detention orders and carried out arrests over the weekend, revealing that the Ergenekon was planing a strategy of tension aimed at launching a coup.
Called Operation „Glove,“ the coup was planned for shortly before the elections, which are to take place March 29, 2009. Following a classic strategy of tension scenario the Ergenekon was planning to assassinate leaders of the Armenian and Alevi minority communities, leading up to an assassination of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and members of the Supreme Court of Appeals, according to arrest and detention warrants.
This follows the discovery of a munitions cache in a forest just outside of Ankara, where 30 grenades, plastic explosives, ammunition and Uzi machine guns were being stored. Weapons were also seized at the home of Lt. Col. Mustafa Donmez, who is said to be on the run, and Oguz Bulut, former leader of the Sivas Idealist Clubs, which were close to the Nationalist Movement Party and the Gray Wolves pan-Turkic fascists.
The authorities believe that retired Generals Tuncer Kilinc and Kemal Yavuz, both of whom were arrested and questioned, were training military cadets who would participate in the coup. They had also chosen who would lead the coup-imposed government, but no names were mentioned.
Speaking at a meeting of the Justice and Development Party and defending the operations against Ergenekon, Prime Minister Erdogan said, „Those whose shady plans are ruined by the illumination of the national will and the brightness of the rule of law are worried.“ Erdogan was referring to the opposition party and certain press groups which have been critical of the government’s operations, and which have had links to some of those who are now on trial for their roles in the Ergenekon.
„We have displayed a determined and courageous stance to save our country, cities, and nation from the oppression of gangs and mafia groups. We have come long distances on this issue. Gangs and mafia groups used to be the decision-makers in Turkey. Such was the country we inherited.“
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