Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the head of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), gathered the editors of television stations in a breakfast meeting on April 3, and stated: “I asked [the government]: ‘Could any coup be staged at 9:30 p.m.?’ They told me it happened at that time because ‘[the coup plot] was revealed.’ That means [the government] was aware of the coup beforehand. The testimonies of FETÖ [Fethullahist Terror Organization] members also strengthen the view that it was a “controlled coup.”
President Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım have strongly reacted to the main opposition leader’s claims that the July 15, 2016, coup attempt occurred within the knowledge of the government and was therefore a “controlled coup,” accusing the opposition leader of insulting the Turkish people after 250 were killed on the night of the putsch.
More than 250 civilians and around 3,000 soldiers were killed during the thwarted coup, widely believed to have been masterminded by FETÖ. Kılıçdaroğlu’s description of the incident as a “controlled coup” elicited strong reactions from both Erdoğan and Yıldırım. “The leader [of the CHP] has called July 15 a ‘controlled coup.’ He says he has files [proving this claim]. If there are files, disclose them! But all he does is lies,” Erdoğan said at a rally in the Black Sea town of Rize.
Yıldırım also responded to Kılıçdaroğlu’s claims in a harsher fashion, saying, “Shame on you Kılıçdaroğlu,” at a meeting with local business leaders in Ankara. “What does a controlled coup attempt mean? Isn’t it an insult to our martyrs and our veterans? What does this mean? Does it mean ‘Some people planned this coup, airplanes staged bombardments, heavy weapons [were used] and tanks opened fire on the people?’” Yıldırım asked, calling on the CHP leader to prove his claims.
Recalling Kılıçdaroğlu’s questioning of the timing of the coup, the prime minister said: “So, the coup plotters should ask you what time they should stage it. Have a look at this vileness!”
CHP: Bylock users in AKP
Kılıçdaroğlu also noted how the government had arrested thousands of people linked to FETÖ but had not taken any action against its political wing.
“It is known that there are between 120 and 180 Bylock users among the AKP leadership. These Bylock users should be revealed,” he said, referring to a special communication application used almost exclusively by FETÖ members.
“Protecting criminals is a crime. If they are protected, on what grounds are they protected? All this should be revealed. If you hide this list [of Bylock users], it means you are not fighting FETÖ. If you hide them, this suggests that July 15 was a controlled coup attempt,” Kılıçdaroğlu added.
His words came just a day after Yıldırım denied allegations that FETÖ had a “political affiliation” within the AKP.
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