Writes Adam Lusher for The Independent:
Ryan Heath, the senior EU correspondent at Politico, used Twitter to share comments from his “Turkish source”, who called the events of Friday night a “fake coup” which would help a “fake democracy warrior” [Erdogan].
The source said: “Probably we’ll see an early election [in] which he’ll try to guarantee an unbelievable majority of the votes. And this will probably guarantee another 10-15 years of authoritarian, elected dictatorship.
“We’ll possibly see a change in the constitution for worse, which secularism will be gone and Islamist motifs will be in!”
Using the hashtag #TheatreNotCoup, a Twitter user calling himself Subsidiarity Man wrote: “Two words: Reichstag fire. The year was 1933 and you know what happened next.”
Another Twitter user quoted “my special friend in Istanbul” as calling what happened: “Most probably a real coup attempt, which was vaguely known beforehand, and was allowed to proceed, because they knew it to be disorganised and weak.
“This means it will be followed by a real coup by Erdogan himself, and the last remnants of democracy will be lost.”
Its naturally in social media and bloggers right now that this theory is being advanced. But Erdogan has jailed almost 3000 journalists over the past few years that this might be the only medium for it to get out. Some curious photos below prompt more questions:
These soldiers don’t seem to be type of tough looking guys who would be staging a coup, but the guy Erdogan prompted to put down the coup look as if they done this sort of thing before.
Notice the camera’s present at the top of the picture. Looks like a per walk. The coup participants are emerging from a school transit bus (Okul Tasiti). How come?
Looks like they got those same scared kids organized into a pile for another staged photo.
This guy sure is going quietly. Are these plain clothes police?