Right-wing gangster Sedat Peker accusations rock Turkish government

In recent weeks, far-right gangster Sedat Peker has released videos making detailed allegations of links between the Mafia and the Turkish political establishment. He shakes up the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government of President Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan, already discredited by his political criminal record in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Far-right gangster Sedat Peker (Credit: Sedat Peker YouTube channel).

Peker began showing these videos after the AKP launched police raids on April 9 to arrest members of his gang, detaining 52 people. The AKP also issued an Interpol order to arrest Peker, who has lived in Germany and the Balkans and is now believed to be in exile in Dubai. He claims that during his flight from Turkey he had the blessing of Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu, who briefly offered to step down in April 2020 as public anger grew over his ministry’s mismanagement of the pandemic. .

Social anger is reaching explosive levels among workers, and Peker’s accusations – which are plausible, since he is a high-ranking insider, and the Turkish ruling elite is notorious for being hopelessly entangled in official corruption and crime. organized – widely circulated. His videos posted on social networks have already received more than 50 million views. The liberal Gazete Duvar went so far as to promote Peker, saying he “seems to have already become an icon of protest.”

In fact, while it is in the nature of operations launched from the criminal underworld that their political origins and objectives are initially obscure, one thing is clear: Peker is neither a whistleblower nor a friend of the working class.

Convicted in 2007 of crimes, including kidnapping and counterfeiting, and later of “forming an armed terrorist organization” during the Ergenekon trials of 2013, Peker is part of the fascist mafia union milieu he claims to denounce. In addition, he helped organize NATO operations in the war in Syria and boasted of his close ties to US officials. He is not an opponent of the policy of increasing capitalists’ profits at the expense of life, by keeping schools open and nonessential workplaces amid the massive spread of the virus.

In his first videos, Peker attacked Mehmet AÄŸar, who was interior minister in 1996 amid a spate of extrajudicial state killings against the banned Kurdish nationalist Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

AÄŸar, who still has close ties to the AKP, was suspected of having links with drug cartels at the time. Peker claimed that AÄŸar had five tons of drugs seized while en route between Colombia and Turkey and was protecting the Izmir factory, which was to handle the drug shipment. He also alleged that AÄŸar seized the marina of an Azeri businessman and that his son, AKP MP Tolga AÄŸar, raped a Kyrgyz woman who was later found dead in her home. .

Peker’s latest videos gained a wider audience by targeting AKP ministers, in particular Soylu’s son-in-law and ErdoÄŸan, former finance minister Berat Albayrak. Addressing Soylu, Peker said, “Didn’t you give me my police guard? Was it not you who extended the police custody warrant? He intimidates me now. He added: “Didn’t you turn me against Mr. [Berat] Albayrak? Didn’t you say, “I don’t rule Istanbul, it’s Berat. They are preparing a dossier on Sedat Peker. I’ll let you know if there is anything dangerous. ”

In what appears to be an attempt to protect Erdoğan, he added: “Everyone knows you are undermining Mr. Erdoğan. … You surrounded the big brother Tayyip, you cut off his contact with the world, saying that the country is growing and everything.

The bourgeois opposition parties, unsurprisingly, criticized the AKP. The leader of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), Kemal KılıçdaroÄŸlu, accused him of allowing Peker to flee Turkey: “Didn’t they know how guilty Sedat Peker was when he went abroad? ? They knew. Did they give him a passport? Yes. Was he sent abroad? Yes. ”Mithat Sancar, co-chair of the Kurdish Nationalist People’s Democratic Party (HDP), called for a parliamentary inquiry.

The hypocrisy of these critics emerges from the CHP’s alliances with the HDP and the far-right Good party, a split from the far-right Nationalist Movement (MHP) party linked to the Gray Wolves. Good Party leader Meral AkÅŸener briefly called Peker’s accusations “disastrous” and “utter shame”. However, AkÅŸener was Minister of the Interior from 1996 to 1997 and is a former leader of the MHP. Indeed, Peker complained in a video that Soylu “made me an enemy of Sister Meral”.

What emerges from these accusations, following Donald Trump’s unprecedented January 6 coup attempt on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, is the universal degradation of the capitalist regime. All the factions of the bourgeoisie in Turkey, deeply linked to imperialism and hostile to workers, are linked to far-right mafia circles and incapable of establishing a democratic regime. Their political criminality has been strongly denounced by the unanimous hostility of the Turkish bourgeois parties to a scientific policy of social distancing during the pandemic.

To assess the context in which Operation Peker is taking place, it must be remembered that NATO recently supported a failed coup in July 2016 aimed at overthrowing and assassinating ErdoÄŸan in retaliation for the AKP’s pursuit of strengthen its economic ties with Moscow and Beijing. Moreover, in December 2019, while still a presidential candidate, US President Joe Biden provocatively denounced ErdoÄŸan as an “autocrat” and pledged to demand his ouster.

Although Biden felt compelled to publicly deny that he was calling for a coup, he nevertheless made his point clear. Biden called for “a very different approach to [ErdoÄŸan] now, making it clear that we support the leadership of the opposition. … He has to pay a price. Biden called on the opposition parties “to be able to face and defeat ErdoÄŸan.” Not by a coup, not by a coup, but by the electoral process. “

In this context, it is significant that Soylu, currently the main target of Peker’s videos, defended ErdoÄŸan and denounced Washington during the 2016 coup. Soylu, who was Minister of Labor at the time, said publicly: “The United States is behind the coup.” A month later, ErdoÄŸan appointed Soylu’s interior minister to head Turkey’s internal police machine.

Soylu responded to Peker’s videos bitterly denouncing them as a political operation. “For months, I expected such a scenario to come true. This mafia moron, who is the operations staff in the hands of some people, has hurt so many people with threats and blackmail in this country. He called on Peker to return to Turkey to face prosecution.

He also attacked the bourgeois opposition, addressing Peker and saying, “You have an older brother like Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, anyway. Soylu also alleged, implausibly, that the PKK supports Peker, a member of far-right criminal networks with a long history of violence against the Kurds.

Soylu is a widely hated right-wing figure, but the claim that Peker is linked to NATO intelligence operations is no less credible than Peker’s own claims.

Peker has made no secret of his ties to Washington. In 2015, he helped the AKP send supplies to the “rebels” of the Free Syrian Islamist Army (FSA) in Syria. He brags about it in his videos, showing his handwritten notes recording “the weapons sent to Syria“. In October 2016, shortly after the failed NATO-backed coup against ErdoÄŸan, Peker said: “In the early 2000s, I had an official meeting with officers from the US Embassy. , agents of the CIA and DEA at the royal office of the Swiss hotel “in Istanbul.

The precise relationship between Peker’s videos and the foreign policy operations of the NATO powers remains unclear, however, especially as his violent hostility to Kurdish nationalism crosses somewhat into US foreign policy, which has used Kurdish nationalist militias. as agents in Syria and Iraq. After the 2016 coup, he also helped the Turkish government send supplies to FSA forces as they fought US-backed Kurdish forces in northern Syria.

In 2016, Peker was acquitted in a trial for threatening the “Academics for Peace” coalition, which broadcast statements opposing Turkish military operations against the PKK. Peker publicly told the group, which numbered more than 1,000, “We will spill your blood and swim in it!”

Whatever uses the various imperialist or capitalist factions will seek to make of Peker’s claims, the decisive question is the independent and international mobilization of the working class. Only this force can impose a rational and scientifically guided policy against the COVID-19 pandemic and oppose the bloody legacy of imperialist wars and intrigue in the Middle East based on the unification of the working class in the struggle. revolutionary on a socialist program.

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