Monday, June 17, 2013

Turkey: Erdogan, against the ropes, threatens now to deploy the Army

Turkish PM T. Erdogan, cornered by the indomitable revolutionary stand of the People and facing today a General Strike, has threatened to bring out the Army (which was already present at some key points this weekend).

Unlike police, which is made up of mercenaries only, the Turkish Army is based on conscription, what makes it at least possible that one unit after another rebel against the government and the officialdom. Maybe I am daydreaming but that is exactly what happened in the Russian Revolution, completely dismantling the Tsarist state almost overnight. 

What seems clear is that if soldiers conscripted from a very angry People are forced to shoot against their fellows, they will face serious contradictions and nobody knows where that may end.

Update: mainstream opposition (CHP) leader Kemal Kiliçdaroglu has spoken in the same line, warning that Erdogan is bringing Turkey to a civil war. (→ Webguerrillero[es]).

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