Ergenekon probe targets secularists: Turkey's CHP

Turkey's main opposition leader Kemalists and those believing in a secular republic and willing to defend Turkey's national integrity in a determined way

Ergenekon probe targets secularists: Turkey's CHP

The chairperson of Turkey's main opposition party claimed on Wednesday that Kemalists, believers of the secular republic and defenders of Turkey's national integrity, became the target of accusations.

Deniz Baykal, chairperson of Republican People's Party (CHP), paid visits to headquarters of Kemalist Thought Association (ADD) and Ankara Chamber of Commerce (ATO) in capital Ankara on Wednesday.

Speaking during the visits, Baykal said Turkey was going through a hard time.

Upon a question on the completion of the indictment regarding the Operation "Ergenekon", Baykal said "Kemalists and those believing in a secular republic and willing to defend Turkey's national integrity in a determined way."

"People who love and respect Ataturk, who desire to keep his ideas alive, are presented as targets by the prosecutors of the Republic."

A total of 21 people were detained within the scope of Ergenekon investigation on Tuesday.

Police waged operations in several provinces including Ankara and Istanbul and detained 21 people.

Several Turkish figures including retired Gen. Hursit Tolon; Ankara representative of Cumhuriyet daily Mustafa Balbay; chairperson of Ankara Chamber of Commerce (ATO) Sinan Aygun and Kemalist Thought Association (ADD) head retired Gen. Sener Eruygur, were taken into custody.

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