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Turkish coup attempt was staged, opposition deputy implies

   Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy Aykut Erdoğdu, a member of the (Turkish) parliamentary Coup Investigation Commission, has hinted that a failed (military) coup on July 15 was a calculated move on the part of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Justice And Development Party (AKP) government.

   Sharing a picture that shows Erdoğan and Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım laughing, Erdoğdu tweeted on Saturday: “Why are they laughing? ‘How we have pulled off the coup…’”

   Erdoğdu said in an interview with the Birgün daily in October that the AKP is trying to obscure the realities behind the failed coup attempt on July 15 since the commission is being prevented from doing its job by “hidden hands.”

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"It was pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Chairman Selahattin Demirtaş who finally came out and said publicly in his party group meeting on Oct. 4 that Erdoğan knew of the coup plans days in advance and used that to consolidate his power. He said all lawmakers in Parliament knew about it and were chatting about it privately in the halls but did not have the courage to stand up and say it out loud to the public. Demirtaş’s revelations went viral, angering President Erdoğan, who gave the order to detain him and other Kurdish lawmakers on trumped-up charges. Demirtaş is still in prison today because Erdoğan wants him to be silenced in solitary confinement in a Turkish prison."


Abdullah Bozkurt

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