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Coup Thwarted In Turkey

Turkey’s police detained twenty people who are suspected of organizing a coup which would overthrow the existing moderate Muslim led government of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and replace it with a staunchly secularist government. Among the twenty arrested were three retired generals including Genereal Sener Eruygar, who is a member of Ergenekon which is behind the coup, and the secularist Atatukist thought Association(ADD) which was planning demonstrations to create chaos in the nation. The plan entailed holding rallies in 40 counties on July 7 which would demand an end to the AKP and support for a secular government. yesterday, there were rallies in Gaziantes and Istanbul which called for “Respect for the State of Law” and “Respect for an Independent Judiciary.” The rallies were intended to show support for the Public Prosecutor who is trying to close down the AKP and the Constitutional Court which soon will render a decision.

There is genuine fear and concern among many secularists about the long term goals of the AKP. Even the head of the Chamber of Commerce was part of the planned coup since it was his task to tell the public Turkey’s economy was collapsing. It is necessary for secularists who believe in democracy and those in the AKP who intend to respect secular rights, to come together and work out compromises on issues such as the right to wear a headscarf in college.

Turkish Groups March To Protest Coup Attempts

This weekend will witness thousands of groups from many nongovernmental groups marching in silent protest against attempts to stage a “coup” in their nation. Many Turks are upset at the ruling of the Constitutional Court which declared illegal legislative attempts to lift the ban on women wearing the headscarf at the universities. A representative of the Young Civilians said “it will be a silent march so there will be no flags or banners or slogans. We will be dressed in white from head to toe and will say no to coup attempts.” Many groups believe the Constitutional Court is prepared in the coming days to declare the Justice and Development Party(AKP) to be illegal because of its alleged attempts to install an Islamic code of conduct within the nation.

The Justice and Development Party currently holds 341 of the 550 seats in parliament and is facing charges by the Public Prosecutor of attempting to install an Islamic society upon Turkey’s traditional secular base. The AKP denies the charges and many groups in Turkey interpret actions by the Constitutional Court as equivalent of being a coup since it is rejecting the will of the people by disbanding a party which garnered 47% of the vote in the last election.

Perhaps, it is time for a meeting of all political parties to hammer out procedures that guarantee the continuance of Turkey’s secular centered society while still respecting the rights of people to be practicing Muslims.