Türkei : Militär schlägt sich auf Seite der Demonstranten - Nachrichten Politik - Ausland - DIE WELT
This is about the protests in Turkey.
THE ARTICLE IS IN GERMAN. USE GOOGLE TRANSLATE OR USE CHROME TO TRANSLATE THE ARTICLE. I WILL POST THE MORE IMPORTANT PARTS HERE, IN ENGLISH OFC.
At the protests against the Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, the military helps paramedics and distributed face masks to protesters. The army hates Erdogan - they will also interveneIt was again a violent night in Istanbul - and not only there. In Antakya one protester died, apparently from gunshot wounds. On Monday it had at protests first casualties given. Situated in Istanbul city center of many tens of thousands of protesters were in the middle of the night again gathered amid clouds of tear gas around Taksim Square - not "hundreds" as it was called in some agency reports.his raises the question as to whose side the military would actually stand if the conflict continues to escalate. The Turkish police is now regarded as political through and through penetrated by the ruling AKP party, especially where there are also many supporters of the Islamic Gulen Movement have the say. This may explain the extraordinary brutality of the police action against the protesters since Friday: Because if Erdogan should fall, it would certainly lead to a wave of purges in the ranks of the police.
There can be no doubt that the military Erdogan and the AKP government at all abhor. With show trials against hundreds of officers Erdogan broke in the last few years the officer corps back. Some with dubious "evidence", accompanied by systematic character assassination in the pro-government Islamic media, was accused them that they wanted to overthrow the government.---But another overthrow an elected government by the military? It would be the fifth in the history of Turkey. But that is unlikely. The Army has learned her lesson: The people want democracy, not nannying by their masters. Neither the military nor by Erdogan.
Basically, Erdogan had made several attempts to get the army strictly under political control by replacing generals with his own people. However, it seems that much of the army is not liking what the PM did and he had lost control over them. Will it be as far as to move against him? So far they are just aiding the protesters with medical supplies, keeping the hospitals open (because the police had tried to close hospitals and deny treatment to injured protesters) and so and so.
The number of civilian deaths is closing to 100 (this is what a friend of mine, protester, from turkey told me. I can't vouch that it is 100% certain). Those injured, hundreds. The protests in Turkey are in about 40+ cities for some time now.
Traditionally, the military had always been on the side of the people as it were. At least in the last 3 cues the military did to the govt only to hand back democracy. They removed the "cancer" and allowed the healing to begin. Now, even though the top brass is under political command because Erdogran put them there.. the majority of the army seems to be act independently of what those people want.
So its a curious situation. Surely, we will see a lot more increase in tensions as a soon, the protests in turkey will be a week old.