Thoughts about an anniversary
CUMHURIYET JULY 15 OZGUR MUMCU
There is an obstacle in deciphering the July 15 coup attempt and the effort of the Gulenist congregation to seize the state. It is the debate over from which date the congregation will be regarded as a criminal organization. …The government is trying to determine December 17-25 as a milestone. However, “the date an illegal act was committed” is not a concept to be determined by politicians. This is the jurisdiction’s job. It is doubtful how healthy the legal determination is if the judiciary is totally in the power of the government. The General Staff and the National Security Organization (MIT) had presented a detailed report on the activities of the congregation at the 2004 National Security Council (MGK). Then the MGK had proposed an action plan against the congregation to the government. We now know that this decision was swept under the carpet by Omer Dincer, prime minister undersecretary at the time, at Mr. Erdogan’s instruction. ...Now the ruling party is trying to punish and reshape the Republican People’s Party (CHP) by arresting Enis Berberoglu, vice president of the party. No one can claim that they are fighting the July 15 mentality without accounting legally and politically before the public about the active support provided to the congregation by the authorities for years.