Turkish authorities crack down on a party led by a former ally of Erdogan

Turkish authorities continue to target prominent members of the “Democracy and Construction” party that opposes Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a move that could limit the activities of this party, whose establishment was announced in early March 2020 under the leadership of former Turkish minister Ali Babacan, a close ally of Erdogan, before stepping down from the Justice and Development Party at government in early July 2019.

The Turkish authorities arrested Mustafa Günayden, leader and one of the founders of the “Democracy and Construction” party, at dawn today, Saturday. in a hotel where he stayed in the coastal city of Antalya, while preparing to participate in a conference to be held in the same city.

Although Günayden is a member of a “Western-leaning” party, Turkish authorities have arrested him as part of their investigation into the restructuring of the “Service Movement”, led by Turkish preacher Fethullah Gulen, which Erdogan accuses of being behind the failed attempt. coup against his government, which took place in mid-July 2016.

A source from the Democracy and Construction party denied Al-Arabiya.net that there are links between Günayden and the “Service” movement, which Ankara classifies as a “terrorist” group, considering that his detention falls within the framework of “restriction” on the party, which has recently stepped up its activities to participate in a electoral alliance. It includes 6 Turkish opposition parties, and could overthrow the current ruling coalition, which includes the “Justice and Development” parties and the “National Movement” in the next presidential and parliamentary elections which are expected to take place after about a year and a half.

Günaydin is the second member of the Democracy and Construction party to be arrested in less than a month and a half. At the beginning of December, Turkish authorities arrested his party colleague Metin Gorgan on charges of “political and military espionage”, in addition to his accusation of leaking “dangerous information to the security of foreign parties” in money exchange.

So far, no official statement has been made by the party to which Günayden belongs in about his detention, but another party source pointed to “Al-Arabiya.net”that” Günayden’s detention over the weekend prevented us from learning more about his prison conditions. “

Authorities are expected to work to extend his detention, as they did with Gorgan, who has not yet released him, although the issue of his detention has received extensive attention from media Turks and local institutions that defend human rights in the nation.

THE media Turks revealed that the security authorities who arrested Günayden seized his electronic devices, including his personal computer, when they broke into his home prior to his arrest in hotel in following.

THE media Pro-Turks also claimed that a prominent member of Babacan’s party was trying to flee the country, which his party vehemently denied.

Read More About: World News