Coup and counter-coup in Turkey

Source: Notes On Liberty
by Barry Stocker

“On July 20th 2016, a group of army officers up to at least the Brigadier General (one star general) level attempted to seize control of the Turkish state. On the morning of the 20th it was evident that the coup had collapsed though the government, along with its allies in the media, social media, think tanks and so on was eager to promote the idea of an unended coup which might spring back into life, like the villain in a horror film, at any moment over a long indefinite period of time. No follow-up coup materialised. The most that can be said for that unending coup mentality was that it is difficult to know how much of the army would have gone over if the coup organisation had captured or killed President Erdoğan. What the never-ending coup claims achieved was to legitimise and mobilise paranoia, intolerance, and authoritarian state reactions with regard to anyone who might be in opposition to the Erdogan/Justice and Development Party (AKP) government.” (03/14/17)

https://notesonliberty.com/2017/03/14/coup-and-counter-coup-in-turkey-first-of-a-series-of-posts-on-turkey-since-15th-july-2016-and-background-topics/