10.00 – 10.15 pm

Why Erdogan waited an extra two hours to speak media?

22:00

Izmir

Cigli Airbase

  • Special Forces team, allegedly tasked for the mission to detain ERDOGAN, arrived at the Cigli Airbase from Istanbul.
  • The team faced many difficulties in arranging the transport and failed to bring some members to Izmir.
  • AKSAKALLI’s loyalists hidden among dissenters took deliberate actions to delay the team. They had continuous communication with AKSAKALLI and informed him about the dissenters’ plans [1].

22:00

Marmaris

  • Gokmen ULU from Sozcu and journalists from media outlets of TRT, AA (Anadolu Ajansi), DHA (Dogan Haber Ajansi), IHA (Ihlas Haber Ajansi) and local media arrived at ERDOGAN’s residence.
  • ERDOGAN did not address the media right away. He waited an extra two hours before addressing the present media representatives[2].
  • ERDOGAN deliberately waited for extra moves by the dissenters to take place, so he would be able to call the event an uprising.
  • ERDOGAN’s team prepared four alternative airports to fly him to Istanbul: Aydin, Bodrum, Dalaman and Izmir[3]. They arranged four aircraft at these locations to deceive the dissenters.
  • ERDOGAN’s complicated and professional escape plan shows clear evidence that he was aware of the dissenters’ plan to detain him in Marmaris. Planning four aircraft at four different locations should have started at least in the morning of that day.
  • ERDOGAN’s awareness is also a proof of the awareness of YILDIRIM, the Government Ministers, FIDAN, and AKSAKALLI. 

22:00

Istanbul

  • Bogazici (Bosphorus) and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridges were blocked in one direction by the dissenters. The traffic jam at a rush hour during a summer night frustrated the people on the way.

22:04

Ankara

TGS

  • Lt Gen GURAK arrived at TGS and was detained by the group who detained Gen AKAR and Gen GULER.

22:15

  • A military curfew message was disseminated from TGS by the dissenters. A list of the assigned district curfew commanders and another comprehensive list of assignments of all the Generals in the military were attached.
  • According to the testimonies, the message was handed to the signatories by Gen GULER’s Military Aide with an order from the General to sign and disseminate it. The Aide was killed at TGS a few hours later, while he was trying to transfer detained Gen GULER to Akinci Base.
  • Both lists had many inconsistencies. The primary inconsistency was about the beginning time of the curfew. Although the alleged coup had started already, the message declared 03:30 for initiating the curfew. This was not logical.
  • The second inconsistency was about the signatories of the message who were two low-ranking officers; a Brigadier General and a Colonel. This caused enormous confusion and hesitancy among military personnel about what to do, where to go and whom to join.
  • The third inconsistency was that many posts for the Generals were not compatible with the reality. Several Generals were assigned to the NATO positions which belonged to the other countries. Some Generals were simultaneously assigned to a military post and a civilian post, located in different cities or had nothing in common.
  • The fourth inconsistency was that very low-ranking officers; colonels, majors were assigned to crucial Government positions like Head of Treasury Department and Head of Central Bank, meanwhile, dissenters in ranks of General and Lt General were omitted.
  • The fifth inconsistency was that the assigned dissenters had no previous notification about their alleged assignments.
  • The sixth inconsistency was that there were a lot of key Government positions which had no assignments.
  • Another inconsistency was that there were no “civilians” assigned to civilian positions despite the allegations that the dissenters belonged to FETO organization. All Government positions were filled with the military officers.
  • The lists were later used by the prosecutors to claim charges against the military personnel who were assigned to the posts in the list. In fact, most of the Generals were imprisoned just because their names were on the assignment list.
  • On the other hand, some of the generals and officers tasked by the same lists were protected and not judicially pursued. They continue to serve in the Military.

22:15

Ankara

  • Military helicopters started to fly over Ankara and attacked the HQ of MIT with aerial gunfire.
  • This attack against MIT was later used by ERDOGAN and YILDIRIM as an excuse for FIDAN’s inability to call them until later that night.
  • F-16s started flying over Ankara. The Combined Air Operations Center in Eskisehir tried to prevent flights, while Turkish Air Force Operation Center in Ankara was allegedly supporting them.
  • Tanks rolled on the main squares in Ankara.

22:15

Ankara – Istanbul – Other cities

  • AKP Districts in many cities ordered hundreds of heavy vehicles to rush on to the streets to stop the tanks, obstruct gates to many military units, and block the military runways wherever they knew a dissenter flight would occur.
  • Many AKP mayors throughout the country were well prepared against dissenters in advance. They kept their loyal employees in office after the working hours.

22.15

Ankara – Istanbul – Other cities

  • Initial arrests of dissenters and their alleged supporters by police took place.
  • Pro-ERDOGAN Governors and their Police Chiefs were prepared in advance against dissenters. This enabled them to act quickly and start arrests as early as 22:15.
  • Initial coup investigations were carried out immediately[4]! Massive arrests started throughout the country, targeting not only the officers involved in the events but also hundreds of officers and other Government officials who had nothing to do with it[5].
  • The arrested thousands included the ones who stayed at their houses or at holiday resorts. Some arrested Generals were clearly against the alleged coup attempt and did not allow their personnel to get involved and stood by the Government.
  • Almost in 2 days after the events, 50,000 people were purged[6].
  • How could 50,000 people be investigated in such a short time? Obviously, the lists were definitely prepared long before the coup by MIT.  Isn’t that against the law?

[1] http://www.haberturk.com/gundem/haber/1276857-mitten-bir-ekip-f-16lara-kulliyeden-yerden-havaya-3-fuze-atti
[2] http://www.sozcu.com.tr/2016/yazarlar/soner-yalcin/isin-aslini-anlatayim-1378799/
[3] http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/berat-albayrak-nereye-gidilecegine-son-anda-karar-verildi-40163700
[4] http://www.icsve.org/brief-reports/turkeys-july-coup-attempt-a-gift-from-god-to-a-new-authoritarianism/#_ftn6
[5] http://www.baroturk.com/hsyknin-darbe-girisimine-iliskin-aciga-aldigi-savcilardan-biri-2-ay-once-olmus-23371h.htm
[6] http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/kamuda-deprem-49-bin-337-kisi-gorevden-alindi-40154803