Prohibitions and arrests to affiliates of Gulen

Prohibitions and arrests to affiliates of Gulen

Ankara, July 24, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Manolis Kostidis

The laws of the state of emergency that has been declared by Recep Tayyip Erdogan are begining to be applied in Turkey and are causing serious concern regarding the developments. The number of days suspects can be detained by the police increases from 1 to 4 days that was provided by the precious law, to 30! That is, the police can detain anyone as suspect for up to one month without charging him.

Also, 15 private universities, 35 private hospitals, 934 private schools, 104 foundations, 1125 clubs and 15 trade unions are being closed down and their operation is discontinued. IN parallel, all their assets, deposits, debts and documents will be transferred to the Turkish public. The approximately 9000 students of the private universities that are being closed down will continue their studies in state universities and will pay the same school fees thy were going to pay. Those public employees found to be linked with the order of Gulen, which in Turkey is considered a terrorist organization, are dismissed and will never be reinstated or obtain a passport.

The spokesperson of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ibrahim Kalin, revealed that immediately after the attempted coup, the first state leader with whome Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke to was Alexis Tsipras and asked that the eight officers who had landed with a military helicopter in Alexandroupolis be returned.

The pilot who flew over Istanbul on the night of the attempt coup was a woman! Kerime Uras was the second woman pilot of the Turkish Air Force after the spiritual daughter of Kemal Ataturk, Sabiha Gökçen, and was considered one of the talents of the air-force. However, on Sunday she was arrested in Yalova, charged with participation in the coup, since all Friday night of the attempted coup she was flying at low altitude above Istanbul with an F-16 of the Turkish Air Force without the approval of any of her superiors.

Erdogan claimed that the coup instigators on Friday night suggested to the leader of the Turkish Armed Forces Hulusi Akar, who they were holding hostage, to arrange to speak with Fethullah Gulen.

A few hours ago, special police forces of the police launched an operation in the headquarters of the Turkish Navy in Phocaea and more specifically on the landing forces, which normally until recently did exercises for landing in Greek islands. Dozens of officers and sailors were arrested.

According to the television network CNN Türk, one in four commandos of the Turkish army has ties to Gulen. Overall, it was found that 24 commandos had contacts with this order. An event that causes major gaps in the specific unit.

On Saturday, Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with the commander of the Turkish intelligence Hakan Fidan and while many thought that he would request his resignation, as well as that of Akar, the Turkish President said in an interview with France 24 that “you do not change horse when crossing the river”.

As it stands, the meeting of Turkey’s Supreme Military Council will convene a week early on July 28, where important decisions are expected to be taken regarding the leadership of the Turkish Armed Forces.