New political divisions in Turkey

New political divisions in Turkey


By Manolis Kostidis – Ankara

A new political division threatens Turkey, an issue that greatly concerns the Turkish citizens.

In the 70s there was the polarization between “Leftists” and “Rights”, with street battles and hundreds of dead citizens, which led to the military coup of 1980.

In the 90s Turkey had been divided once again between two camps, the Kemalists and the Islamists, with the former considering the latter a threat and accusing them of attempting to turn the country into Iran.

But in the past it was the Kemalists who had created the Islamic movement and had used it in their fight against communism.

The Islamists, however, with the prime minister Necmedin Erbakan where fighting for their rights, but in 1997 their government was overthrown with the “postmodern coup” of the Armed Forces.

The dispute between Erdogan and Gulen is reminiscent of the old strife between Left and Right in Turkey

Turkey today has been divided into two strange camps. The “Erdoganians”, who argue that Turkey is developing and becoming a superpower and that Erdogan “is being opposed by foreign powers, which have joined forces with Gulen”.

Against them there is a strange and unprecedented alliance with the “anti-Erdoganians, Gulenists – Kemalists”. That is, an Islamic order goes hand in hand with the supporters of religious tolerance!

Together they are opposing the government, since they believe that the 12 years that the Turkish prime minister has remained in power have altered him and his environment and the country is being governed in an authoritarian and corrupt way.

The prime minister’s statements concerning the ban on social networks, along with the interventions to the police and Justice, to those who oppose Erdogan are suspicious of worst days to come.

Islamists attack citizens who oppose Erdogan

The last days’ episodes in the metro and the boats of Istanbul with some Islamists using knives and guns  to attack citizens who were expressing their opposition against Erdogan’s policies, drive the country to a division and if something does not change soon, the prediction for the country’s future is bleak.

Erdogan does not trust Justice and asks “catharsis” through the ballot box

Erdogan argues that there is no corruption in his environment and refuses to apologize for the victims of police violence, stating that “the government and its cabinet will be vindicated in the municipal elections on March 30”. Essentially, he does not speak of the elucidation of the corruption cases through the justice system, but calls for “catharsis” through the ballot box.