What to make of the legal crackdown against Turkey’s powerful military? Is it really the result of clashes between secularists and muslims? The reality is arguably more complex claims Ihsan Dagi, an expert:
“It’s more like a struggle between the political elite and the institutions of a democratic republic rather than a clash between an islamist government and a secular military. It’s a painful transition.”
Little by little, the privileges of the Turkish Army are being eroded. In 2009, President Abdullah Gul signed off a law limiting the power of military tribunals. since then, in peacetime, military personnel are tried by civilian courts.
Just last week, the Emasya protocol was abolished. Dating from 1997, il allowed the military to intervene, without the permission of the civil authorities, in the defence of national security.
The aim of these measures is to bring the Turkish military under the government’s authority – as required by the procedure to join the EU.
“You can see why the military might be against the plan to join the EU – the theory is that this will weaken the national government in Ankara. But shattering the military’s resistance to the EU plan will broaden the range of opportunities for Turkish politics.”
As far the secular parties of the opposition are concerned, claims of a military plot against the government are not credible.
Osman Coskunoglu is from the Social-Democrat CHP:
“These particular arrests are not convincing me that there is a coup attempt and that the government or the judiciary is taking steps against them. Because if that had been their line of thought they would then accept our legislation proposal to try the generals who succeeded in staging a coup. This is very painful for Turkey.”