Looking at the information received, the number of July 15 veterans changes every year, according to the information provided by the upper level of the State. It was claimed that the increase in the number resulted from the fact that AKP members became veterans.
Although 4 years have passed since the coup attempt, the number of veterans has been announced differently by AKP administrators and higher levels of the state every year. President Tayyip Erdogan announced on July 29, 2016 that 237 people were martyred and 2,191 people were injured as of July 29.
According to the news of Sefa Uyar from Cumhuriyet, Erdoğan stated that on July 15, 2017, one year after the coup attempt, 250 people were martyred and 2 thousand 193 people were veterans. However, in December 2017, five months after Erdogan, Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya, Minister of Family and Social Policies at the time, announced that 2 thousand 703 people were veterans.
It was noteworthy that the number of veterans increased by approximately 500 people, although it has been five months since Erdogan’s statement and about 1.5 years since the coup attempt.
Contradiction in numbers
Seven months after Kaya announced the number of veterans as 2,703, the number of veterans has decreased this time. Ravza Kavakçı Kan, Deputy Chairman of the AKP for Human Rights at the time, said on July 15, 2018 that 2 thousand 194 people were veterans. But the mess is not over. While Erdogan made a statement in April 2019 that the number of veterans was 2 thousand 193, the Minister of Family, Labor and Social Services Zehra Zümrüt Selçuk stated on July 14, 2019 that 2 thousand 731 people were veterans on the night of 15 July.
Minister and Spokesperson gave separate numbers
Selçuk announced the number of veterans as 2 thousand 734 on 15 July 2020. However, Presidential Spokesperson İbrahim Kalın, who made a statement on the same day, noted that the number of veterans was 2 thousand 194. On the other hand, Turkey has started its activity with the publication in the Official of the board of trustees of December 26, 2019 Newspaper Relatives of the Martyrs and Veterans Solidarity Foundation, with the statement made on 1 July 2020 “in April, May and June thousand pounds of financial support provided 2 thousand the number of July 15 veterans It was 734 ”. The names of the veterans were shared on the site, which was opened by the Presidency of Communications on July 9, 2020 and contains information about July 15. It was noteworthy that the number of veterans whose names were shared on the site was 2 thousand 730.
No response from CIMER
The Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Services did not disclose the number of veterans in its response on August 19 to the application made within the scope of the right to obtain information on CIMER regarding how many people were veterans on the night of July 15. While reminding the personal data protection law in the reply, “The information belonging to the aforementioned persons; It is not possible to share the veterans themselves and the martyrs without the express consent of their legal representatives ”.
“They took the bus and got a report”
July 15 veteran Ufuk Yegin stated that some people who were injured and treated on 15 July but did not apply for veterans at first, later applied for veteranship with hospital records. Saying that the number of these people is low, Yegin claimed that some people from the AKP provincial and district organizations, mainly in Istanbul, were taken to the hospital by buses on July 15, although they were not injured. Yegin said: “We have heard that 3 minibuses from AKP provincial and district organizations were brought to Okmeydanı Training and Research Hospital, doctors were told” you will report “and people who had nothing were reported. It is stated that several hundred people were given veterans in this way. Again, we know that in some provincial and district organizations, there are those who received a hospital report and were declared veterans by false witnessing to each other. I heard some agency executives say, “I would get veterans if I wanted to, but I didn’t look back.” Is it something bought when veteran is requested? “
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