Erdogan and Kaftancıoğlu… – Ali Bayramoğlu

In an open-air meeting in 1997, Tayyip Erdoğan said that Ziya Gökalp incited the people to hatred and enmity on the basis of class, race, religion, sect or region, for reciting the lines “Minarets Bayonet, Domes, Helmets / Mosques, Our Barracks, Believers, Soldiers”. He was sentenced to 10 months in prison on the grounds of ”.

Erdogan approved the sentence, left the Mayor’s Office, spent 4 months in prison, and became politically banned with this sentence.

The transaction was purely political.

The aim of the main political power at that time was to put Erdogan and all his likes in a political ban and to close the door of the political sphere to them.

Those were the days when injustice and arbitrariness were at their peak.

A law amendment was made in the 2002 November elections with the support of the CHP, and Erdoğan was able to return to the parliament with a by-election held in March 2003.

This ban has affected Erdoğan in many ways. For a long time, he did not let what happened to him. He even voiced this in a speech at a United Nations meeting in New York, “where were you back then,” he told other heads of state. He used his experiences as proof that he was a victimized democrat.

Those days were quickly forgotten.

In the first place, Erdogan must have forgotten those days.

Because what happened to Canan Kaftancıoğlu today is the same as what happened to Erdoğan that day.

CHP Istanbul Provincial Chair Kaftancıoğlu was sentenced to 1 year, 6 months and 20 days for “insulting a public official”, 1 year and 8 months for “insulting the State of the Republic of Turkey”, 1 year 9 months for “insulting the President” The sentences, totaling 4 years and 11 months, were finalized by the Supreme Court yesterday.

In this way, Kaftancıoğlu’s way of becoming a member of parliament was closed.

The spokesperson of the ruling party, Ömer Çelik, commented, “What does it have to do with us, the judicial decision”, commenting that Kaftancıoğlu’s 4-year sentence, which was approved by the Supreme Court yesterday, rendered him politically banned.

The governments of that day were saying the same thing about Erdogan’s conviction.


Regimes in which the judiciary is turned into a political tool have a name…

But let’s go back to Kaftancıoğlu…

All of the articles that the CHP Provincial Chairman was penalized are open to political and arbitrary practices and have been used against the opposition for years.

Still, there are a few differences between yesterday and today.

For one thing, the arbitrariness is getting higher and higher.

Kaftancıoğlu was punished because of the tweets sent 8 years ago, that is, when the addressee got angry.

On the other hand, institutions become personal.

As a matter of fact, the punishments Kaftancıoğlu received can be read as follows: Action against Erdoğan (action against a public official), action against Erdoğan (action against the president), action against Erdoğan (openly humiliating the State of the Republic of Turkey)…

Finally, the arrogance is at its peak.

In the Gezi trial and the Kavala series of cases, the definition and determination of the crime, the determination of the verdicts given or the correction of them by objection, in short, the final shaping is done publicly by Erdoğan in front of the world public opinion.

This country has never seen anything like this…

At least a part of the society is invited to adopt this wheel, society, which works by the hand of the elected power, by making the laws an intermediary.

That’s the scariest part.

We hope there will be no trace of it in the next correction period…

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