It might have been a clever move by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to urge people to the streets to “support democracy” against the coup attempt on Friday… But in several incidents Erdogan’s supporters got out of control: they lynched soldiers, the average foot soldiers who most probably were just obeying orders.
A mob of Erdogan supporters lynched a soldier and cut his throat in ISIS-manner. In a footage (which I do not upload here) the mob is heard to say “throw him over [the bridge].”
The incident took place at 6:40 am at the Bogazici Bridge, one of the two bridges over the Bosporus in Istanbul.
Other soldiers who had surrendered to police had to be protected by the police and escape lynching by the mob.
In another incident, two soldiers are inside an armored vehicle, police is trying to take them out and arrest them, while the public is fighting with police to lynch the soldiers.
— Kaan ALKIN (@khankoas) July 16, 2016
A video shows mob violence against a soldier in a tank and how the soldier is pulled to safety by police.
When so-called “Democracy defenders” turn into a lynching mob there is something wrong with this ‘democracy’.
— Bette Lynch (@BetteMLynch) July 16, 2016
Some pictures circulating on internet even by well-known Turkish websites show the body of a decapitated soldier, another one shows what it looks to be the body of another soldier killed by the bloodthirsty mob. I must stress that the pictures remind me so damned much of the lynch that took place in Libya while dictator Qaddafi was been taking down.
The Istanbul correspondent of the Guardian notes in his report from the Bosporus Bridges:
“Many of those who stayed overnight had bloodlust for those who tried to drag Turkey back into its coup-splattered past; the army ousted four different civilian governments between 1960 and 1997, an era that many hoped had ended.
“They should be executed straightaway,” Dundar said as he walked triumphantly from the bridge, minutes after it was finally reopened. “For the safety of all of us they need to be executed.”
“Execution” and “Revenge”. These are the magic words, also used by President Erdogan (“he traitors, those responsible will take the lesson they deserve, they’ll pay a heavy price”), while there are first thoughts to revive the death penalty in Turkey for those who tried to topple the islamic, neo-ottoman regime. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told rpeorters at a presser Saturday noon, that they were considering legal ways to re-impose the death penalty,
I would also add “r…regime of a country that wants to be EU member” but what EU of values and human rights would we talk about?
On the other hand, bloodlust is maybe an expected reaction among those who have been suppressed for decades. Either by a dictator or by a regime that forbade them expressing their religion or by a social elite that treated them with arrogance. And these suppressed people suddenly got the power and the blessing of the country’s president.