CHP Istanbul Deputy Barış Yarkadaş have stated that AKP Bursa Deputy İsmail Aydın’s comments regarding changing the first four bills of the constitution were consciously expressed. Yarkadaş said “AKP’s Deputy has tried to see how the land lies, and made clear the real intentions of AKP”.
‘Aydın isn’t random’
CHP’s Yarkadaş, while answering the questions of Lale Özan Arslan from HALK TV, has indicated that “it’s not a coincidence” that İsmail Aydın was the one to utter the words “The first four bills of the constitution may change.” İsmail Aydın isn’t a random deputy from AKP, but he is also a Constitutional Committee Member, reminded Yarkadaş and added, “AKP Deputy has spoken for his party that day. Those words were voiced on behalf of their party.”
He explained what happened that day
Yarkadaş, who also made an 11 minute argument in the same Constitutional Committee session that İsmail Aydın was present in, continued by saying:
“İsmail Aydın was also there when I was expressing my personal thoughts at the Constitutional Committee. In my 11 minutes of speech, 50 AKP deputies, including İsmail Aydın, have only objected to one of the things I’ve mentioned. That was the police’s behavior against journalist Metin Yoksu’s parents, while he was getting arrested.
When the police entered their house, Metin Yoksu’s mother was performing her prayer… A tussle took place while they rushed in and the prayer rug was trampled on. When I expressed this they all objected by shouting ‘No way!’ Aside from that, they didn’t object to anything else I have said.”
They didn’t object
Yarkadaş has explained his thoughts that “didn’t draw any objections” from the AKP members at the Constitutional Committee by saying:
“In my speech at the Constitutional Committee I have looked into the eyes of the AKP deputies and said; you are planning to change Turkey’s administrative structure entirely… As an example, if this constitution passes with the votes of the public; we know that the next step you want to take is to close down the district municipalities. You want to convert district municipalities into branch directorates instead, to have full control over cities with one or two provincial municipalities; we are fully aware of that as well… The efforts of the Ministry of the Interior (selected governors) are going to pave the way for a federation.
‘Do you want to change Turkey’s name to something else?’
I am wondering if you want to change the country’s name to New Turkish State, Turkish Presidentship, Turkish Presidential Republic or New Turkish Republic if in case this new system, that resembles a worser version of Latin American dictatorships, comes to life? Do you have a such plan at back of your minds? Even though they are currently being discontinued in preparation for the upcoming referendum, I know that steps have been taken regarding this within certain sects in the AKP bureaucracy.”
Yarkadaş who was a guest speaker at HALK TV, has emphasized that AKP deputies haven’t objected these words, and also passed along the new information he reached not so long ago. Yarkadaş said “They are NOT only planning to change the first four bills of the constitution but they are also going to change the symbols regarding the country’s date of establishment and its’ founding president.”
‘Exploitation of July 15th serves a purpose’
“They have terrifying plans for the Presidentship election that is intended to take place in 2019. As an example, if they succeed, their intention is to state that this is a new regime and that the founding president is Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and the date of establishment is July 15th. Therefore, they are excessively airing July 15th documentaries, and exploiting the Martyrs of July 15th. AKP, if they can manage to come through, is planning to obliterate Atatürk’s Republic as we know it. All of our citizens should see this disgusting plot and develop an attitude accordingly.”
‘The public will have the final say’
Yarkadaş expressed that even if the constitution draft passes from the parliament, he has faith that it will return from the public and said “Our people will protect Atatürk’s Republic which is a secular, social law state as well as its’ parliamentary regime. I wholeheartedly believe this.”
A call out to Turkey
Yarkadaş have participated in the “Stand Up and Say No Turkey” campaign with a short video. Yarkadaş in his 25 second video called out to the public and said “Protect the Republic Turkey.”