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Public found the guide at the night of July 15

Pointed out that the attitude of the people against the coup opened a new era in Turkish politics on July 15, Prof. Dr. Şenol Durgun said: “In such illegitimate situations of intervention, the public was always hesitant about how to react. In fact, in every coup attempt, the public sought a guide, a voice, that would lead them not to hesitate on how to act, and found its guide at the night of July 15. Their leadership attitude was also admirable.”

Public found the guide at the night of July 15

Prof. Dr. Şenol Durgun from Istanbul Gelisim University evaluated the July 15 treacherous coup attempt. Durgun said: “It was thought that the passive presence of the people against the forces in the coup attempt will continue exactly as in the coups carried out so far. The relation of the Turkish society with the state and its traditional respect for the state made it not know how to act in such interventions to disrupt the system.” And added: “Because in the ancient Turkish culture, the public was always hesitant about how to behave in such illegitimate situations of intervention, as the rebellion to the state is identified with the insurrection to the father". In fact, in every coup attempt, the public sought a guide, a voice, that would lead them not to hesitate on how to act, and found its guide at the night of July 15.”

“POLITICS, MEDIA, JUDICIARY HAS ACTIVE ROLE”

Stating that the political institutions are the pioneers for the people to be active and more organized in the face of the coup, Prof. Dr. Durgun spoke: “When the coup attempt was heard, the public hesitated for a moment like the previous interventions. However, that politics, the media and judiciary played an active role or guide people in the process helped the public get rid of the hesitation about how to act and protect their country and the political institution.”

"LEADERSHIP BEHAVIOR IS RESPECTABLE"

Expressing that the statements made from the opposition front are important in the coup attempt, Prof. Dr. Durgun said: “The role of that the President and the Prime Minister take the control unlike in previous years, and state that they will be in the squares and call the public to go to the squares cannot be ignored. Their leadership behavior on this matter is respectable. The most important contribution belongs to MHP President Bahçeli in gaining the understanding for the coup attempt that it was a riot against not only the ruling party and the people supporting but also all the people. In this way, the coup attempt resulted in the loss of legitimacy of the attempt with not only the participation of the members and supporters of the government but also the participation of Bahçeli.”

“DIFFERENT FROM ALL ATTEMPTS”

Stating that July 15 is different from all the attempts seen during the Turkish modernization history, Prof. Dr. Şenol Durgun spoke: “The July 15 coup attempt is not in the context of modern - traditional or secular - religious conflict, which has been seen throughout the history of Turkish modernization, but is a search for a group that is said to have religious claims or religious appearances, to intervene in politics, and to reorganize politics with unpolitical acts. In addition to being a first in terms of the history of the Republic, such a situation is also very alarming in terms of the quality of those who attempted the coup attempt.”
 

Edited date: 14.07.2020
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