TURKEY’S main opposition party accused President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government yesterday of blocking a full investigation into last summer’s failed coup attempt and using a state of emergency to hide the truth.
Republican People’s Party (CHP) spokesman Bulent Tezcan added that the government was using first anniversary commemorations of the coup to “write a fabricated history.”
Ankara blames US-based exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen for orchestrating the attempted violent overthrow of the government, but the CHP says that essential questions go unanswered.
“No investigations have been made into how this terror organisation got to such a daring point within the state, how it was placed there to attempt a coup and new information was covered up,” said Mr Tezcan.
He argued that prosecutors investigating the alleged infiltration of the coup plotters and their political connections were prevented from doing so due to government pressure on the judiciary.
A parliamentary investigation commission was used to fend off political accountability, he added, demanding: “The facts need to come out for the sacred memory of the 250 martyrs — those who died resisting the coup.”
The president described allegations that his state of emergency was effectively a “controlled coup” as “rude and immoral.”
Mr Erdogan addressed tens of thousands of people in Istanbul on Saturday, vowing to “rip the heads off” terror groups and the coup-plotters.
He said that the July 15 coup was not the first or the last and, “for that reason, we’ll first cut the heads off of these traitors.”