Military coup in Turkey… Could it be a threat or an example?
The army coup attempt that failed in Turkey this summer and the events that followed; have not only influenced Turkey. But Greece as well. It reminds a lot us a dark page in the history of modern Greece. As well as the Greek republic. About 40 years ago a similar attempt was successful in our country; and led to a 7-year dictatorship. Under other circumstances a few years ago we would not consider the situation at all. But since Greece is in the middle of a major political and economic crisis; a similar situation could be possible even here.
However, I remember that I was late in the evening. I was watching television with my father when the events in Turkey took place a few weeks ago. I was not born yet in 1967 when the military coup in Greece took place. But my father had narrated me all the events. He was in the army at that time. What he saw and heard on the TV really reminded him of that night; over 40 years ago where everything happened.
Of course back then, there was no media coverage apart from an announcement from the TV and radio. The next morning; the government and democracy were overthrown and military officers took control of the country. The dictators ruled the country until the national disaster in Cyprus in 1974. That eventually forced them to surrender.
Democratic stability and instability
For several decades after the restoration of the republic in Greece political stability was simply not a problem. Strong, standalone governments led the country to the 21st century. Although, the years of the military government remained vivid in the mind of the people; it was highly unlikely to see a similar series of events take place again.
Furthermore, I can’t say that things work the same in Greece and Turkey. The Turkish military leaders had been very powerful until now and the military
always had an opinion even about political matters in our neighbor country. This was never the case in Greece. Things worked totally different and always the minister of defense and the prime minister had the control of the army, it never acted independently, not even when the military coup occurred.
Why do the events in Turkey concern me?
To tell you the truth, it’s still unlikely to see similar events taking place in Greece, but it’s also a fact that the economic crisis we are experiencing has transformed so many things. Now for the first time in the history of modern Greek democracy, a fascist party has been elected with representatives in the parliament. Although they do not possess the means and influence to promote an event, they clearly state that they are against the democratic system as it is today in Greece.
Well, few would actually agree with that, they actually have a point to blame the system and politicians for corruption and mismanagement, but I believe these are the results of the actions of individual people and that we cannot blame the whole system about that. After all, the far right party would blame the system again even if all worked perfectly, because that’s their ideology and they are just using pretenses.
Should we be worried about the future of our republic?
Well I’ll answer myself to that. I guess not or at least not yet, but we should definitely be alarmed. There are people who declare that they are against the system and that they would sabotage it if they ever had the chance. They still do not have the power to do so, but since people are becoming so desperate in Greece both financially and politically, we cannot be sure about how things will progress in the near future. Although the coup attempt in Turkey did not succeed, I think that many people had the chance to study the situation and the course of the events for a bad and a good cause.
Therefore, you never know what’s excepting you tomorrow. Even in Turkey, where 5 military coup attempts had seceded in the past and things were far too complicated between the government and the army, it proved out that very few where expecting a coup. Be alarmed, this is my suggestion.