Report: Army sets up center to manipulate politics

An entity established by a former military general has been working to influence the political and social atmosphere in Turkey, the Taraf daily reported in its weekend editions.

Report: Army sets up center to manipulate politics

An entity established by a former military general has been working to influence the political and social atmosphere in Turkey, the Taraf daily reported in its weekend editions.

Called the Republican Work Group (CÇG), the organization is similar to the Western Work Group, which was known to be active in most of the events that led up to the unarmed military intervention of Feb. 28, 1997 that overthrew the government. According to Taraf's report, the CÇG was founded by retired Gen. Şener Eruygur, who currently heads the Atatürkist Thought Association (ADD). The daily noted that its source is an individual in the military who provided a CD on which information about the CÇG is stored in slide shows and text documents.

The CÇG, according to information on the CD, has no legal standing and is not shown as being a part of the official organizational structure of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK). It was established by Gen. Eruygur -- who was promoted to commander of the gendarmerie forces -- in 2002, when the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) was elected to power with a parliamentary majority sufficient to change the Constitution. The CÇG was founded as part of the gendarmerie command, but its scope of authority and responsibilities far exceed those of the gendarmerie force's duties as defined in the law.

The CÇG has initiated a number of activities, reports and events since early 2003. It has blacklisted a multitude of individuals, agencies, schools, civil society groups, business owners and public agencies and their employees for their religious affiliation.

In addition to blacklisting agencies and individuals, the CÇG set up something called the National Union Movement Civil Society Organization Platform, which worked with 225 civil society groups on a number of activities, including the republican rallies -- massive demonstrations organized by supposedly civil groups last year against the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government in which millions expressed fears of rising Islamization.

According to the confidential CD leaked to the press, the CÇG was closely involved with university rectors in its social engineering projects. The daily reported that on Sept. 19, 2003, 15 university rectors visited Eruygur, who was then still the commander of the gendarmerie. The group talked about the growing danger of Islamization and "cornering the AK Party" until the local elections of 2004. Taraf published some of the highlights of the visit, during which the rectors said they were all ready to be the "next Kubilay," a military lieutenant decapitated by Islamic fundamentalists in 1930. It was also on this visit that the military and university rectors decided to begin cooperating to minimize the influence of "Islamist centers" in the short term.


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Güncelleme Tarihi: 09 Haziran 2008, 07:20
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