PM Erdogan Continues To Target Turkey’s Top Prosecutor

PM Erdogan Continues To Target Turkey’s Top Prosecutor, Puts Judiciary And The People Against One Another

AKP leadership is on a campaign against Turkey's Chief Prosecutor, presenting the judiciary as the enemy of the people and of democracy. PM Erdogan spoke to crowds in AKP conventions in Sanliurfa and Mardin today and continued to say that the judiciary’s initiative [to close down AKP] was in fact not against his party, but against the Turkish people that elected it.

The PM repeated his earlier statements that these people would have to bear the consequences of their shameful attempts and that those who wound the people’s conscience and ignore its values and will, would not be able to escape the wrath of the people. He said, “Our people are more aware now. Our people know very well who these people are. They recognize the ones who think that the nation is worthless, and those who put roadblocks on the way to progress”. When the crowd began chanting slogans like “Break the hands that rise aginst the people”, Erdogan said, “We come from a civilization, from a culture, from a mentality of the likes of Yunus Emre, Mevlana, Haci Bektashi Veli [philosophers of Alevi Sufism)”.

This time Erdogan quoted Yunus Emre’s lines about love and tolerance that characterizes the pluralistic and tolerant beliefs and traditions of Turkey’s Alevis that are discriminated by the Sunni establishment.

In his speeches today Erdogan defended his party as being against extremism and violence and said that the distance between his party and fundamentalism and violence is the same as the distance between night and day, ground and sky, and lie and truth. He said, "We have committed ourselves to walk down this path. Allah willing there will be no going back".

Source: Anatolian News Agency, Hurriyet, Milliyet, Vatan, Turkey, March 16, 2008

Reacties

During the funeral prayer in Istanbul's Fatih mosque for a deceased former MHP MP, the former parliamentary speaker Bulent Arinc said that death is the biggest reality that the Chief Prosecutor Yalcinkaya should also learn about. He added, “The greatest preacher is the dead lying there. It is quiet but says a lot.”

Source: Vatan, Milliyet, Turkey, March 16, 2008

After his visit in Siirt, PM Erdogan went to Batman where he attended the convention of AKP Youth Branches. In his speech to a large crowd of AKP members he continued to attack the judicial move to close down his party and he said that the rule of law could not be established by ignoring the will of the people.

The PM slammed the judiciary for the “unfortunate” indictment and as the audience booed he silenced them and added, “Some people have eyes but they don’t see, they have ears and they don’t hear, they have tongues but don’t speak the truth”. Erdogan’s words were taken from the Koranic verse of the A’Raf sura [meant for infidels] that says, “Be it known that we created some men [for them] to be sent to hell. Those have hearts that don’t feel, they have eyes but they don’t see, they have ears but they don’t hear […] They are like animals, even worse[than animals]. They are the real ignorant”.

Sanliurfa is PM Erdogan’s next stop in the mainly Kurdish southeast Turkey where AKP and Islamist sects – including Fethullah Gulen’s network – are busy Islamizing the region. Increased religiosity has helped AKP gain much of the votes in this region in the last general elections.

Source: Hurriyet, Vatan, Turkey, March 16, 2008

Turkey prosecutor Abdurrahman Yalcinkaya filed today a lawsuit with the High Constitutional Court to close down the ruling AKP. The prosecutor accused AKP of being a center of anti-secular activities. The prosecutor also demanded that all AKP officials, including the PM Tayyip Erdogan and President Abdullah Gul to be banned from politics.Source:

CNNTurk, Hurriyet, March 14, 2008

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