World Bulletin / News Desk
Republican People's Party (CHP) İstanbul Provincial Chairman Oğuz Kaan Salıcı has said he stands behind controversial remarks in which he implicitly called on some military officers to stage a coup against the government.
“I stand behind what I said on Oct. 28 to the very end,” Salıcı said at a press conference on Wednesday.
Salıcı became the center of criticism after reproaching a military general and several officers during Republic Day celebrations in İstanbul in a move some said was aimed at urging the military to stage a coup d'état against the government.
Addressing Gen. Yalçın Ataman, former head of the 1st Army Corps Command, and accompanying officers who arrived in Taksim Square to attend the celebrations, Salıcı said, “You [the military] are supposed to protect the republic, but it is we who are fulfilling that responsibility.”
In Turkey, secularist circles have traditionally considered the military the guardian of the regime and thought that the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) should interfere in politics through a coup d'état if civilian governments are too weak to protect the regime.
Claims emerged on Tuesday that CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu had urged Salıcı to resign over his remarks, after Kılıçdaroğlu said anyone who supports coups has no place in his party. But a senior party official subsequently denied the claims.
Last Mod: 31 Ekim 2012, 13:55