Turkish state back to its bad old self?

The trend, endorsed intensely by the government circles and its supporters these days, is tp resort to basic reflexes, and threaten people who seek truth, exercise right to criticise and dissent the official rhetoric, which is far tıo busy diverting attention from the accusations piled up in the graft probe, which led to the detentions of two ministers’ sons, a CEO of a public bank and a murky Iranian businessman. 
 
A threatening Twitter message posted by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s advisor Hamdi Kılıç that recalled a historic means of suppressing dissent in Turkey has created considerable reaction.
“Despite all the damage it has sustained, there is still a state tradition in this country. If you read some history it is enough to understand this,” he wrote and then his menacing message followed: “Some of the reflexes that our state tradition developed throughout its history are very creepy. A reminder from me.”

Kılıç was lashing out at those whom he defines as people that recklessly join the ranks of the enemies of the government and the nation “because of animosity.”

Reactions were varied. Some have accused Kılıç of praising the unidentified murders that the state was allegedly responsible for in an effort to quell Kurdish dissent in the 1990s.

After a huge reaction from Twitter users, he sent another message, “What a surprise, a great number of people see themselves as a threat to the tradition of the state.” Kılıç described the reaction to his opinions as vomiting and then tried to explain that he is not a supporter of violence by repeating a line from a poem by the famous Turkish Sufi Yunus Emre, asserting that he is not in favor of violence.

Elsewhere, an equally threatening tweet was sent by a reporter of the İhlas News Agency (İHA). İHA’s Bolu reporter Bülent Velioğlu wrote, “The unsolved murders that happen from time to time bring peace to the country. [Because murders like these] there are not so many talkers. There are people speaking nonsense everywhere [now].”

These words spread quickly and led to a massive reaction. Velioğlu first deleted the message and then closed his Twitter account altogether. He later issued a statement saying that his account had been hacked.

 

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