Why I support the Turkish to come to the streets, and win over the military coup!
I am not a fun of Turkish President Erdogan, it is not personal, just for his contempt and disrespect on democracy. But nothing justifies a military coup to overthrow a democratically elected president, even if
I am not a fun of Turkish President Erdogan, it is not personal, just for his contempt and disrespect on democracy. But nothing justifies a military coup to overthrow a democratically elected president, even if he is Erdogan of Turkey. A military coup to a democratically elected leader is something that should categorically be condemned by everybody, everywhere.
I am for a regime change in Eritrea, by all means, by by poitical means and military means, even military coup. In fact I am one of those who believes military means is the only way to overthow a military government who came to power by the Gun, and never has a legimate mandate by the Eritrean people. But, no a military coup to a legimate government. As someone who had been under one the most atuthoritarian military rule in Eritrea for most of my life, and even still suffering from the iron fist military dictatorship after I escaped from my country, I can surely speak about the nightmares of a military rule to the country. I decide to write about the very unfortunate events unfolding in Turkey to the support the Turkish people to come to the streets and win over the military coup over a legitimate government.
Erdogan is elected by the people, but he is much closer to an authoritarian. Or at least he has been following an authoritarian process. And it is not hard to see Ergogan’s discomfort with Democracy. His crackdown on the Media, his suppression of the opposition. His party moves from a party with a liberal agenda, to a part of religious and authoritarian agenda threatening the secular nature of the Turkish Juducial, leading to growing frustration and mistrust of the secular sector of the Turkish society. And in the last few months, the political tension and the security challenges in the country has been very serious.
After being in leadership since 2003, as a prime minister and now as a president, Erdogan has been under critics for interference in the Media, in the judiciary, including the military. And he has been successful in subordinating democracy so that it best services his regime. His interference in the Judiciary, the reshuffling of the country’s judiciary, Judges and prosecutors some accused of being the supporters of the moderate Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, a political rival who lives in the United States, and some for being behind the investigation of his close businessmen and himself. And his new bill that seeks to restructure the supreme court of Appeals and the Council of State, which would allow him to control on the country’s highest administrative court. Erdogan couldn’t even tolerate a comedian in Germany, for a joke about him.
Although, the coup organizers would point to borders, migration, the Kurdis and the security situation to rationalize the military coup. Nothing justifies a military coup, to a democratically elected government. And the only way to get rid of Erdogan is through political means. A coup on legitimate parliament, legitimate government, and legitimate president, is an attack against democracy. And the Turkish military, which defines itself as the defender of the Turkish democracy, needs to realize that the coup itself is not democratic.
But not only the Turkish Military and the Turkish people, everybody who stands for liberal ideas, democracy, even those who was critical of Erdogan, should come out now and condemn the coup. And that is why I am condemning it. As an Eritrean, under military dictatorship for most of my life, who stands for democracy, human rights, and the rule of law in Eritrea and everywhere, and advocates for it, I condemn the coup in Turkey by the military and stands with the Turkish people. Generals and authoritarians in power without any legitimate mandate from the Turkish people will bring more bloodshed, terror and instability in Turkey. Adding salt to the wounds of a region wore of authoritarians, terrorists and extremists. That is why this coup should be categorically condemned.
Although, Erdagon is right when he said, Turkey 2016 is not a country in Africa or in South America, through a face time after the coup organizers ceased the state television and the airport and two of Istanbuls biggest brigades. The president called for the people to come to the streets to defend democracy. And the people did support the president risking their lives. I salute the Trukish to come to the streets, say to the military generals that the ballot box is the only way to power, and win over the military coup.
Erdogan’s claim that this coup is organized by a minority in the military, is an attempt to underestimate the coup and even accusing them of working for a US-based Fethullah Gulen, a political figure. Considering the Turkish military structure, a top down, very organized, works only in order. If it is not accurate to say all the military is involved, this is not possible without considerable part of the military involved, which also shows the division of the Turkish military, and this an unfortunate situation for the country.
While condemning the coup, I sincerely hope that Erdogan will not take the path that drag Eritrea, my country into a situation that now threatened its very existence, after Isaias imprisoned higher government officials and journalist for calling democratic reform without any due process since 2001 for more than 15 years now. But to use this opportunity to overcome the crisis and heal the country.
A PhD candidate at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem