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ERTUĞRUL ÖZKÖK > Disproportional force of the state for Gezi

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I have taken a look at the pro-government media. They are extremely happy with the balance sheet of “the first anniversary of Gezi.” The state has demonstrated its power. The incidents that erupted in a few places were suppressed.

How many people did it take for “the police of the powerful” to suppress these incidents? They are boasting about it, big time.

That day, 25,000 police were on duty.

They were on duty with their TOMAs (water cannon vehicle), tear gas, tons of water, plastic bullets and also real bullets that it has proven it does not spare, and the rock-hard powerful Tuesday rhetoric… 

The deepest form of state on duty: 25,000 people were assigned that day…

What does this mean?

Let us explain what this means with a simple comparison.

It was the year 2008 and the Republic of Turkey had had it up to here. They were coming from North Iraq, attacking and escaping to back to whence they came.

The powerful, which is keen in going down to the essence of everything, launched a military operation in North Iraq to enter the home of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). It was a cross-border operation. 

The army of the Republic of Turkey started one of the biggest operations in its history against the PKK.  
Troops crossed the border. War started.

Now, it is six years after this…

Just guess how many troops took part in this cross-border operation?

10,000… I am repeating in writing, “ten thousand.”

Imagine that a state is fighting in one of its most important cross-border operations with 10,000 of its troops, but needs 25,000 people to suppress a celebration being held by a bunch of young people.

Which state in the world, you would think, considers a portion of its citizens “domestic enemies” and confronts them with a much more overwhelming power than it used for a cross-border operation?
What do you say?

Is this proportional force?

The pool story

The Sunday Times revealed on Sunday, June 1, how bribes were paid through which channels to make Doha win the 2020 World Cup. 

The system works as such: At the top of the graft chain is the top person in Qatar’s football Mohammad bin Hammam. Many Qatari funds were used so that bribes worth $5 million reached the places desired.
The paper uses the word “slush” for these funds.

“Slush” is defined as “money collected to use as bribes or to use in propaganda activities, such as misleading the public.”

Doesn’t this definition remind you of something?

The “pool system” we started talking about at the end of last year?

One cannot help but wonder whether the fingerprints of such slush funds would be found in the money sent to the opposition in Syria from Turkey and the buying of newspapers in Turkey?

On one hand, there is the money traffic of Zarrab’s partner in Iran, and on the other hand, the Qatari slush funds…

The truth has the weakness of absolutely coming out one day.

Some truths are running at full speed toward Turkey from all directions…

June/03/2014

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