It’s been a whole year since the night of July 15, 2016, when the coup attempt was staged in Turkey.
Two things should be enough to prevent the regret for the lack of success: the principle of confidence in the democratic processes and the historical memory of the other coups, which never solved the country’s problems.
Those who have regrets, and there are many, do not retain the principle nor the historical memory.
That said, in the early hours of that evening, when gunfire and explosions echoed and the word coup was on everyone’s lips, there was only one certainty: no matter the outcome, the country would come out with broken bones. A year after, the sad prophecy is confirmed.
A country that survived such a dramatic event should be able to boast the robustness of its institutions and its democracy, it should be able to speak of the united people and their happiness and rejoicing, it should be able to see a bright future.
But today’s picture has nothing in common with any of this: a country on the verge of a nervous breakdown, where the headlines speak of terrorism, repression, arrests, torture, economic crisis and even some whispers of civil war.
Talking politics here has always been complicated. Today, it’s dangerous. The heavy suspicion has spread everywhere and there’s anger, not only among those who suffer the post-coup repression, of course, but also among the victorious ones, because they finally vent decades of political and cultural subordination. It’s not just a victory, it’s revenge.