According to universal standards, the Dec.17 operations that would openly qualify as a judicial coup, is now supported by manipulations
Turkey, moving towards local elections in March, is going through some hectic days.
Unfortunately, the main reason for this activity is not legitimate and rightful competition between rival parties. The people of Turkey believe that their freedom is once again under threat, as it was over a decade ago.
Now, a civil bureaucratic structure that moves in a highly organized manner particularly in the spheres of security and justice has placed itself in the void where the military tutelage used to be. This organization led by former imam Fethullah Gülen calls itself the "Service Movement," while it is publicly referred to as the "Gülen Movement."
This autonomous community within the state had for a while been trying to veto the government and Parliament's right to produce policies. The intensity in their attacks towards political mechanisms was increased after the government's statutory audits and precautions towards financial and human resources.
The movement took its first sensational step on Dec. 17 and Dec. 25, 2013. Prosecutors known to have a close relationship with the movement initiated a series of custody operations in complete disregard of all juridical procedures.
Three unrelated simultaneous operations targeting businessmen and their relatives in politics were initiated for sensational purposes. The fact that these members of court went against the basic norms of a state of law was a scandal in itself. But what was worse, was the emergence of insubstantial evidence from the hands of prosecutors, without any indictments by the defendants.
Every day, we see how several video and voice recordings have been tampered with shortly after their release. Businessmen, politicians, journalists and even Twitter users whose political opinion is in accordance with the government, are illegally wiretapped because of their criticism of the Gülen Movement.
The list of the 7,000 people who have been illegally wiretapped has been leaked to the media. New developments surface every day, indicating that these wiretappings were supposed to be used for blackmailing purposes towards people who have criticized the movement.
However, the movement, has, despite its lowbred interference in politics and perception manipulation, been unable to provoke the reaction it was aiming for. The majority of Turkish people believe the corruption allegations should be settled in court.
The people are publicly showing their disallowance of a potential overthrow of the government based on accusations, with arenas used by AK Party and other parties for election purposes completely overcrowded.
All polls show that the ruling party has an increase in number of voter when compared to previous elections. In fact, right now it seems as though AK Party will continue to remain in power.
A young Turkish man posted a tweet, summarizing the current atmosphere: "These sensational accusations, of which the content is unknown, are silencers in an assassination of the voter's will. We see it!"