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Selahattin Demirtaş, former Co-President of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), imprisoned for the past 6 years in Edirne Prison, published a text questioning the attack committed on Sunday November 13 2022 on Istiklal Avenue, in the much-frequented Taksim neighborhood, an attack that resulted in 81 people being wounded and 6 losses of life.
On Sunday, a savage massacre occurred on Istiklal avenue that profoundly saddened all of us. Perhaps we shall never know the true goals of this terrorist attack, nor its perpetrators, nor the forces behind them. As is the case of the thousands of brutal massacres in the world, this terrorist attack will be forgotten, lost in the dark depths of politics.
My legal and political experience has taught me the following : “Concentrate on the hidden truth, not on what is shown to you!”
We cannot consider this brutal massacre independently from historically important elections scheduled for 2023, nor from the power wars, both regional and world-wide, nor from the clashes between internal power politics in Turkey. Each of these would call for multidimensional analyses.
When I saw this information on television, my memory reeled back to the recent past.
Without accusing anyone whatsoever, without casting suspicion on anyone, I would simply like to question. Perhaps the authorities will provide satisfactory answers and we will all be relieved.
Date: March 21 2022, Place : Yüksekova (Hakkari). During the control of a police vehicle, 53 kilos of explosives are found.
On the evening of the same day, concerning this grave incident, the minister of the interior Süleyman Soylu makes an extremely laid-back declaration, simplifying the situation and muddying the waters. In a televised program I watched, he says the following about this civil servant caught with 52 kilos of explosives “He’s very much of an embarrassment, a cable thief”, thus trivializing the incident and signaling it as closed. 1
I think that the one who had this policeman arrested at the exit of Yüksekova was from another power center within the State. Or, perhaps, because the former had gotten involved in the matter, “they were forced to arrest him”.
There is obviously something there that quickens one’s curiosity. Now, I am only asking questions:
1 — Who provided this policeman with 52 kilos of explosives ? Why has there still not been a declaration on this topic?
2 — Who was to receive the 52 kilos of explosives in Istanbul? Why has there still not been a declaration about this?
3 — Why was the policeman not followed instead, then arrested in Istanbul along with the recipient ?
4 — Why did Soylu reveal the information about the operation on the very same evening as the event? Was the possibility of the Istanbul recipients taking flight not taken into consideration? Or, precisely, was their escape intended ?
5 — Apart from the seized 52 kilos of explosives, were there other explosives that were not seized and brought to Istanbul in the same manner?
6 — To whom did the bomb belong that exploded at Istiklal ?
As I said, I’m only asking.
And I continue.
7. In landing in Istanbul with the dust still under his feet, why did Süleyman Soylu hurriedly reveal the source of the bomb that had exploded at Istiklal, while he was in Idlib, as well as Kobanê and Afrin? Or was he intent on preparing the infrastructure for a trans-border operation in Syria prior to the elections ?
8 — Who is truly this person arrested as the bomber, presented as “having received training in intelligence”, and who behaved as if literally saying “I’m here, arrest me”; and who, once arrested looked like a lost ducking dressed in a t‑shirt reading “New York” and then photographed?
9 — On whose behalf did she commit this attack?
Only independent judiciary authorities and impartial investigative authorities can reveal the answers to these questions. Of course, if one can find these authorities in Turkey…
It is essential that the truth be known in all its aspects in order to reveal clearly all the obscure forces wishing to benefit from the political consequences of this brutal massacre.
Finally, let’s end with two questions;
10 — Could such a brutal attack be perpetrated in the heart of Istiklal these days, without State support ?
11 — So as not to have to say “We were deceived” in the future, does President Erdoğan experience the need to study under a microscope the method, the timing, and the details of this terrorist attack ?
Or does he find that the declarations that followed it were sufficient?
Translation from French by Renée Lucie Bourges
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