Ergenekon at work. From Dolapdere and Tokat to Muş. DTP Closed (3)

In Turkey and Kurds, Turkish judiciary, Turkish military on December 15, 2009 at 19:46
I only pray civil authority will crash civil war mongerers…
Two killed at pro-Kurdish protest today. A shop owner machine-gunned protesters…
This asshole who targeted Kurdish protesters with his gun, told under arrest that he was paid to do that… any surprise?
And did anyone realize that mainstream newspaper Hürriyet, which I quote extensively, stated in yesterday’s edition under this photo: “Citizens pulled out weapons against protesting DTP members”. This is the newspaper who is bulshitting daily about freedom of press..
Sine-i millete
Those DTP MPs who are not banned yet joined the others and decided to resign today.
PM Erdoğan claimed that recent Tokat massacre by PKK is part of a larger conspiracy against Turkey Democratic Initiative.  I agree him totally.
A group of intellectuals and artists protested the closure of DTP in Taksim today by lying down on Istiklal Street for 5 minutes.

MAIN FOCUS: Turkey provokes the Kurds | 14/12/2009

from euro|topics

The ban on the main Kurdish party the DTP in Turkey has triggered angry protests among the Kurds. The Constitutional Court justified its decision by saying the party was too closely linked to the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party PKK. The verdict will have a negative impact on the democratic process in Turkey and will aggravate the domestic conflict with the Kurds, the press writes.

Closure Of Kurdish Party proves Turkish democracy is still not fit for purpose.

from ORGANIZED RAGE by Mick Hall
On December 11, 2009 Turkey’s highest judicial body the Constitutional Court, banned the mainly Kurdish Democratic Society Party (DTP) because of alleged links to the PKK, which is listed as a terrorist group by the Turkish government, the EU and most of the international community. The DTP has now joined a long list of Kurdish/Turkish political parties that have been banned after they have gained mass electoral support within the Kurdish region of south-east Turkey. The DTP Chair, Ahmet Turk who is regarded as a moderate, and fellow parliamentarian Aysel Tugluk were expelled from Parliament, and they and 35 other leading party members were banned from joining any other political party for five years.

Turkey’s ‘Kurdish Problem’ (Aljazeera)

from Yahoo news
Turkey’s diverse population finds itself at a crossroads as it awaits accession to the European Union. Amid signs of improved relations with neighbouring Armenia despite historic tensions, Turkey’s Kurdish population is looking for greater recognition and rights.

Turkey criticized for closing pro-Kurdish political party (Amnesty International)

from Yahoo news
Amnesty International has expressed its concern that a court in Turkey has shut down a pro-Kurdish political party under laws that fail to meet international standards. The 11 judges of the Constitutional Court ruled unanimously in favour of closing down the Democratic Society Party (DTP) on Friday. The court also ruled that 37 DTP members be banned from politics for five years. Among those …

The DTP has been shut down


As far as its legality, the Constitutional Court’s decision to close the Democratic Society Party (DTP) was apparently in keeping with the law. However, politically the pro-status quo establishment was expecting a more auspicious decision from the court.

Constitutional Crisis

from Istanbul Calling by Yigal Schleifer

The troubling closing of the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party by Turkey’s highest court can be blamed on a number of actors and factors. Joost Lagendijk, a former member of the European Parliament who now writes a column for the Hurriyet Daily News, notes that the closure is not really a matter of Turks versus Kurds, but really part of a battle between “Turks and Kurds who are willing to find a political compromise on one side and Turks and Kurds who are not interested in finding a solution on the other side….The decision by the Constitutional Court to close down the Democratic Society Party, or DTP, is just the last domino that is falling over, set in motion by a perfidious coalition of Turks and Kurds who are willing to do everything to stop the process of reconciliation that was recently started by the government.”

Turkey’s Erdogan criticizes ban on Kurdish party | Reuters

New Kurdish party active

by Fréderike Geerdink

ISTANBUL – After the banning of the DTP last Friday, Kurdish activists have formed a new political party: the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP). The party was founded earlier this year to take over the activiteis of the DTP in case the DTP was closed down. According to DTP leader Ahmet Türk, the BDP is

Conducting democracy with the Kurds

The Kurds want to be part of the society in which they live, and they want their differences, distinctions and idiosyncrasies to be respected. I concur that Turkey’s political structure and social fabric have a difficult time accepting these kinds of demands, but what can we do.

WPR Blog | Turkey’s Tough Road to Reform

Will Turkey’s Caste System Survive?

from The White Path

[Originally published in Hurriyet Daily News] Orhan Pamuk, Turkey’s Nobel laureate in literature, has an interesting passage in his cherished book, “Istanbul.” He recalls his childhood days in the ’50s, and tells how the urban upper class he grew up within looked down upon their practicing co-religionists. “The nation-state,” he writes, “belonged more to us than to the religious poor.” Pamuk is right. The Turkish nation-state, born in the mid-20s as a republic without democracy, belonged mainly to the secular elite. In the Ottoman times, in fact, the elite were much more diverse and included religious conservatives as well. But the latter were systematically purged from the “center” of society in the era of High Kemalism (1925-1950). In the “university reform” of 1933, for example, hundreds of professors who disagreed with the Kemalist ideology lost their jobs. The state was creating the elite in its own image, and those who rejected being “re-created,” a term used by Mustafa Kemal, were being sidelined.

Court closure decision under magnifying glass

The Constitutional Court’s decision to close down the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party (DTP) over charges of ethnic separatism continues to be debated in the Turkish media, with analysts closely examining the ruling.

Why closing down political parties is (almost) always wrong

Another political party has been shut down in this country and subsequently confined to the afterlife of politics. The fact — or simply the threat — of closing down political parties is definitely not a hallmark of a functioning citizens’ democracy.

Politics after the DTP


The Constitutional Court, ruling on a case that lasted two years, decided to close the Democratic Society Party (DTP). The decision was reached unanimously by the court’s 11 judges.

Hawks beat doves

The Constitutional Court’s decision to close the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party (DTP) in the midst of efforts to solve Turkey’s decades-old Kurdish problem is a blow to an already fragile peace process.

Home goal

It is particularly disheartening to see Turkey score yet another home goal. Unfortunately, in the 20-something years I have spent in this country, it has missed crucial opportunities for peace and stability on several occasions.

Cross-examination of Balbay continues
Today’s Zaman
The current trial is one of two separate trials into Ergenekon. This one is based on the second and third indictments prepared so far in the case,

Statues are seen at the entrance of the Constitutional Court ...

Statues are seen at the entrance of the Constitutional Court in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009. Turkey’s highest court began deliberations Tuesday on a case seeking to close down the country’s pro-Kurdish party and expel several party members from parliament on charges of ties to Kurdish rebels.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

ESI Web has a background folder on the Cage Plan within the Ergenekon Case.

All roads lead to a new constitution

Violence reborn as part of the “Kurdish initiative” and the latest bloody attack in Tokat against gendarmerie units — which led to seven casualties — should be taken as a serious sign of a backlash to Turkey’s arduous journey into the sphere of full-fledged democracies. Society is increasingly insecure and tense. In many parts of Turkey people are asking questions and are angry and frustrated.

“Turkey’s Civil War”, by Mücahit Bilici

Protecting democracy, prosecuting coup plotters, promoting public opinion


”Disappointed” is perhaps a word far too weak — when Turkey’s Republican People’s Party (CHP) Deputy Chairman Onur Öymen made his by-now-infamous remarks about the 1937 Dersim massacre, I initially said to myself that figuratively speaking, his spin doctor must have had a very bad day.

How are coup plots financed?

For the first time in Turkey’s history of military interventions into politics, three former service commanders were cross-examined last Saturday for around 10 hours by the İstanbul prosecutors over charges of planning coups to overthrow the government.

[CROSS READER] A first in Turkish history

Last Saturday went down in Turkish history as the first time three retired top commanders testified to civilian prosecutors on suspicion of conspiring to overthrow the ruling government by staging a coup.

Ümit Sayın: ÇYDD, ÇEV are parts of Ergenekon’s civil society network
Today’s Zaman
An academic who is standing as a defendant in the trial of Ergenekon, a clandestine gang charged with plotting to overthrow the government, has testified

Untouchables’ turn to testify in Ergenekon probe
Today’s Zaman
Prosecutors conducting an investigation into Ergenekon, a clandestine network charged with plotting to overthrow the government, called former Land Forces

‘I began to consider Ergenekon a terrorist organization in 2006′
Today’s Zaman
One of the suspects in the 2006 Council of State shooting and a hand grenade attack on the Cumhuriyet daily has said he first began to think of Ergenekon,
Ergenekon likened to Watergate and ‘The Gulag Archipelago’
Today’s Zaman
In an analysis of the Ergenekon investigation, the European Stability Initiative (ESI), a Berlin-based think tank, likened the importance of the pending

Three top commanders questioned for 10 hours
Hurriyet Daily News
Hilmi Özkök, the key witness in the ongoing trial, had previously given a deposition to Ergenekon prosecutors implicating alleged coup plotters

Three Pashas after the questioning…

Erzincan MİT chief detained
Hurriyet Daily News
The Ergenekon case was opened after the discovery of 27 hand grenades June 12, 2007, in a shanty house in Istanbul’s Ümraniye district belonging to a

Prosecutors confident as Ergenekon case takes aim at generals
Sunday’s Zaman
For a trial which many in Turkey view as the most significant case of the century, the Ergenekon court case took a new twist last week as prosecutors

Headscarf was used to mislead investigators
Today’s Zaman
Osman Yıldırım, now an Ergenekon suspect since his case was merged with the Ergenekon trial, an investigation into a clandestine gang charged with plotting

Land Forces eliminates article legitimizing coups
Today’s Zaman
As Turkey is for the first time bringing coup plotters before the judiciary with the investigation into Ergenekon, a shadowy crime network which has alleged

Alevi leader Balkız: New left-social democrat party will solve problems, including those of Alevis

Ali Balkız, head of the Federation of Alevi-Bektaşi Associations (ABF), has said Turkey needs a new social democrat party on the left to solve many problems of the country, including those faced by Alevis, because the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) does not act like one.

DTP undermines Turkey’s EU path, reforms

The remarkable weekend was dominated by three developments: Three top military commanders were interrogated for their alleged role in plotting consecutive coup attempts in 2003-2004; the top court declared the final deliberations on the closure case filed against pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party (DTP); and increasing acts of unrest and violence in the predominantly Kurdish Southeast.

Nation says the final word, not DTP, says PM
Hurriyet Daily News
In response to Baykal’s remarks, Erdoğan said the Ergenekon case was still being investigated by the judiciary and that the opposition leader was

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