PM DavutoIlu’s pledges in post-election balcony speech stay on balcony

After the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) emerged victorious in Sundayand’s election, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoiluand’s first speech instilled hope that the polarization and tension which have prevailed in Turkish society would be eliminated, but this hope has already turned out to be fruitless, with the governmentand’s repressive practices targeting journalists resuming over the last three days.
In his balcony speech on Sunday night, Davutoiluand’s messages underlined that the AK Party will embrace all and will continue to serve all people without discrimination as well as denouncing hatred, violence and hostility. In his speech Davutoilu also committed to a new civilian constitution in cooperation with the other political parties that managed to enter Parliament.
However, a day after the unofficial results were made public, Nokta magazine Editor-in-Chief Cevheri Ganduven and Managing Editor Murat andcapan were detained at the Istanbul Police Department after the latest issue of the publication was pulled from the shelves, contradicting the AK Partyand’s pledge to return to their spirit of 2002, when the countryand’s drive was defined by freedoms, a vibrant democracy and a system based on equality among all segments of society.
On Tuesday Ganduven and andcapan were arrested on charges of andquotinciting the public to armed conflict,andquot shattering the tiny hope of people who refused to support the AK Party in this election by voting for opposition parties.
With Davutoiluand’s promises having proven to be empty. tensions have now reclaimed the countryand’s political atmosphere.
As a part of the ongoing oppression of the critical media, 71 journalists were dismissed early on Tuesday from the ipek Media Group, which was unlawfully seized in a government-led operation last week with a number of trustees being assigned to oversee the media group. In line with a decision handed down by partisan trustees, journalists were not allowed to enter ipek headquarters until they had been informed by private security guards that they were fired. Then the journalists were allowed to pack their personal belongings while under police supervision.
The first move the trustees made was to redesign the media groupand’s editorial policy in line with the AK Partyand’s political vision by eliminating its previous critical stance against the party.
As an another example that displays the governmentand’s increasing pressure on critics, a court banned 54 prosecutors and judges — previously under investigation by the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) in connection with the Iran-backed terrorist organization Tawhid Salam probe that allegedly implicated senior officials in the AK Party — from leaving the country.
Just one day after the election, 46 people, including former police chiefs, provincial governors and civil servants, were detained on charges of acting beyond the scope of their authority. In addition, izmir Deputy Chief Public Prosecutor Okan Bato ordered the detention of 57 more suspects. On Wednesday, 11 of those detained were released after being interrogated by prosecutors overseeing the case.
The izmir Public Prosecutorand’s Office released a written statement on Tuesday that these suspects are accused of being members of what officials refer to as the andquotparallel structure.andquot The term andquotparallel structureandquot was invented by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to refer to followers of the Gandulen, or Hizmet, movement, a faith-based initiative inspired by the ideas of Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gandulen.
Erdogan accuses the group of plotting against him and trying to topple his government following the exposure of the Dec. 17, 2013 corruption scandal which implicated Erdoganand’s family and close circle.
h2 Journalists charged with andlsquotargeting security forces who fight against terrorismand’h2 Meanwhile, journalists Aytekin Gezici and Abdullah andOzyurt, who stand accused of and”targeting members of the police force who are involved in the fight against terrorismand” and andquotbeing in possession of secret state documents,andquot appeared before a court on Tuesday in the first hearing of their trial.
Gezici previously posted pictures to his Twitter account of 15 undercover police officers harassing him. The harassment occurred in front of the andcailayan Courthouse several months ago during a speech made by the Zaman dailyand’s former editor-in-chief, Ekrem Dumanli, who is also under investigation on charges of andquotinsulting President Erdogan.and”
In his defense before the court, Gezici said he had no intention to target the police and he does not possess any secret documents as the charges leveled against him have claimed. Back in March, police raided Geziciand’s home in Adana where they confiscated his computer and mobile phone.
Amid increasing pressure on the critical media, many criticize the AK Party such as Andrew Gardner, an Amnesty International (AI) researcher on Turkey who tweeted on Tuesday that andquottoday, 58 journalists were fired from #Kozaipek two are in pre-trial from #Nokta. At this rate, Turkeyand’s media wonand’t last four months, let alone four years.andquot
Speaking with Todayand’s Zaman regarding the governmentand’s ongoing unlawful practices contrary to the expectations of almost 50 percent of the people in Turkey, Ahmet Gandundel, a retired prosecutor for the Supreme Court of Appeals, said that whenever Erdogan or Davutoilu delivers a balcony speech and try to instill hope for a shift towards the restoration of liberties, more repressive practices always follow those speeches.
andquotIn fact, voters sent a message to the AK Party in the June 7 election by opting for a coalition government. The AK Partyand’s response was to say, and”We learned our lesson.and” Society believed this and gave the party another chance by electing the AK Party in Sundayand’s election. Apparently, the AK Party disappointed the people by persisting with its repressive policies, in contradiction to the promises made by Davutoilu during his balcony speech,andquot Gandundel commented.
and”Davutoiluand’s words from the balcony of the AK Partyand’s headquarters were a promise to uphold freedoms. The people expect the commitments given from the balcony to be put into practice. Even though the 49 percent vote that the AK Party garnered seems to be a success, it does not guarantee stability and peace by itself. If the rest of society does not feel comfortable or at peace, then it is obvious that a serious problem exists,and” Gandundel added.
Speaking to Todayand’s Zaman, main opposition Republican Peopleand’s Party (CHP) Deputy Chairman Gandursel Tekin shared concerns similar to those of Gandundel, saying that despite Davutoiluand’s references to the philosophy of Turkish Sufi figure Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi, who emphasizes peace and tolerance for everyone, what we have seen from the AK Party in reality has been similar to the practices of Adolf Hitler.
and”This contradiction between thought and practice is a typical model for AKP [AK Party] behavior,and” Tekin noted.


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