Turkey's top general talks tough after recent clashes

Turkey's top general talked tough, suggesting some circles are presenting recent attacks as false-flag operations carried out by the army.

Turkey's top general talks tough after recent clashes


World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish Chief of Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug talked tough, suggesting some circles are presenting recent attacks as false-flag operations carried out by the army.

Defending that a psychological warfare are being waged on the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), Basbug said, "your stance, and your path are wrong," in a press conference Thursday on board the TGC Orucreis Frigate in Trabzon.

Saying that it was understandable for supporters of the terrorist organizations to make such allegations, Basbug stated, that politicians, academicians and journalists should not make such accusations through allusive remarks.

"This is what hurts us the most. There are allegations that go as far as suggesting there are people within Turkish Army who make bloody plots over lives of soldiers entrusted to us," said Basbug.

He said a "portion of the media" constantly tried to keep Turkish Army high on agenda through "false, prejudiced and guided news".

He accused "some media" of selling themselves as defenders of democracy.

"Apparently, the only way for defending democracy for them is being against the Turkish Army," said Basbug who noted that majority of the Turkish nation was aware of what was happening.

Gen. Basbug statement comes after the recent unrest, protests and clashes in streets over imprisonment conditions of jailed PKK head and dissolution of Democratic Society Party (DTP) by Constitutional Court decision.

Following the dissolution DTP, DTP and PKK supporters clashed with police harming shops, stores and banks on their way in many locations throughout the country.

"We see that people resort to violence. All segments of the society need to act with common sense and beware of provocations. Everybody should act with restraint. Communal conflict will not bring good to anybody. It will cause great harm," said Basbug.

He said diversity should be respected however doing so did not necessarily mean emphasizing differences.

"What is rather important is underlining the common values that have been uniting us for 1000 years," said Basbug.

The DTP verdict, threatens to undermine Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's ruling AK Party's drive to reconcile Kurds with the state and end decades of conflict.

DTP MPs also announced that they all would resign from Turkish Parliament.

Analysts fear the ban on DTP would strengthen the hand of the militant PKK by undermining confidence in the democratic process and the government's current reform initiative.

The government's planned pro-Kurdish reforms include the creation of an independent body to investigate cases of torture by security forces in the southeast as well as further loosen restrictions on the Kurdish language.

More than 40,000 people have died since the PKK took up arms against the Turkish state in 1984.

The conservative establishment, including the judiciary, has traditionally regarded Kurdish aspirations for more autonomy as a threat to the secular state founded by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

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