İYİ Party leader Akşener claims civilians receiving weapons training in camps in Turkey
İYİ (Good) Party leader Meral Akşener has claimed civilians are receiving weapons training in camps in the Black Sea province of Tokat and the Central Anatolian province of Konya, daily Sözcü reported on Jan. 2.
“We have heard about these training camps in Tokat and Konya. They should be investigated and the results should be shared with us,” Akşener said in an interview.
Akşener said some people who have been seen “moving around with long-range guns lately” are told to be linked to these training camps.
Although she said these were still speculations, Akşener warned citizens and asked for precautions to be taken starting now, before the election season begins.
Akşener mentioned a single group’s name in the interview when talking about the training camps.
In mid-2016, a main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) lawmaker said the SADAT International Defense Consultancy, established in the early 2000s by soldiers dismissed from the military due to “reactionary activities,” is a company close to the AKP and offers “irregular warfare training” in various fields including “intelligence, psychological warfare, sabotage, raiding, ambushing, and assassination.”
The head of SADAT, retired brigadier Adnan Tanrıverdi, denies the opposition’s allegations that the company gives weapons training to civilians.
But the people should not be discouraged from voting, Akşener warned.
“Erdoğan would not miss that date for the world,” she added.
Turkey is scheduled to hold three elections in 2019, and the change in the governance system, stipulated by the constitutional amendments approved in the April referendum, will fully be in effect after the presidential elections and parliamentary elections.
Stressing that the İYİ Party will present its own candidate in the presidential elections, she said she wants to form an alliance with the liberal Democratic Party (DP) and the conservative Felicity Party (SP).