A Twitter user who claims to be a government whistleblower has argued that the national intelligence agency is having plans to link the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) with an ultra-leftist terrorist group to put the blame on the opposition over increasing terror incidents.
A Twitter account run by a user named “Fuat Avni,” who seems to have access to official sources and has previously made reliable predictions about police operations, claimed in a series of tweets posted on Friday that National Intelligence Organization (MİT) “moles within the terrorist Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C) will stage attacks in İstanbul to link the CHP with terror.”
The DHKP/C is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union and has claimed responsibility for a number of assassinations and bombings since the 1970s.
He also reiterated his earlier claims that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ordered a plot that aims to show the faith-based Gülen movement linked to the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
[MİT head] Fidan’s team plans to plant arms and ammunitions in some schools affiliated with the Gülen movement in Bursa,” Avni tweeted.
Avni claimed that the president plans to “divert” public anger caused by recent increase in terror attacks to the CHP and the Gülen movement.
Erdoğan and the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government launched an all-out war against the Gülen movement after a corruption investigation targeting people in
Erdoğan’s inner circle became public with a wave of detentions on Dec. 17, 2013. Erdoğan accused police officers, judges and prosecutors he claimed are linked with Gülen movement, which is inspired by Turkish-Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, of being behind the investigation, which he branded a “coup attempt.” The movement strongly denies Erdoğan’s allegation.
In successive Tweets posted on Wednesday, Avni said: “Photos and books of [Fethullah] Gülen are being placed in houses where pro-PKK students stay while photos and books of [jailed PKK leader Abdullah] Öcalan are being placed in [student] houses run by the Gülen movement. Many houses run by the movement have been listed in many provinces being mainly in Şanlıurfa. The groundwork of a police operation is being prepared.”
The PKK, which has been waging a bloody war in Turkey’s southeast since 1984, is listed as a terrorist organization not only by Turkey, but also by the US and the EU. A settlement process between the PKK and the AK Party government which aimed to resolve Turkey’s long-standing Kurdish problem ended last summer, reigniting the worst violence in the country’s southeast since 1990s.
President Erdoğan is seeking to show the Gülen movement, which is known for its promotion of educational activities, charity work and inter-faith dialogue, as a terrorist organization despite the absence of any court decision to this effect.
On the contrary, Turkish-Islamic scholar Gülen is known to be a vocal critic of those who commit acts of violence no matter for what purpose.