Did Turkish PM Erdogan Plan The Coup Against Himself?

The failed coup attempt in Turkey has seen many questions raised, top of the list are speculations about Prime Minister Erdogan staging a fake coup against himself.

Since the coup ended, the government has moved swiftly in suspending and firing workers in different sectors alleged to have been involved in the fake coup.

However, many have noticed that this ‘sweep’ is mostly aimed at the civil service, academia and law enforcement agencies, most of whom have in time past opposed Prime Minister Erdogan.

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The same action has been linked to the 1933 attack on the German parliament building, an act staged by the Reichstag for Hitler to find a legitimate way of getting rid of the opposition. If Erdogan’s coup was indeed a fake coup, then this theory is not far-fetched , or is it?

So far, over twenty thousand have been suspended, with even more teachers’ licenses revoked. Thousands of soldiers have been detained while thousands of deans have resigned.

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An evidence which supports this conspiracy theory is the Turkish fighter jets refusing to fire at PM Erdogan’s jet although he was on their radar.

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“At least two F-16s harassed Erdogan’s plane while it was in the air and en route to Istanbul,” a former military officer told Reuters. “They locked their radars on his plane and on two other F-16s protecting him.”

“Why they didn’t fire is a mystery,” the officer added.

As many are wondering why the PM’s jet wasn’t fired at, others are wondering why it was so easy for the police to foil the plan of the military. While some believe it was leverage to set himself as an unopposed dictator, some others, mostly who are residents in Turkey believe it is a way to cement his reputation for the forthcoming Turkish elections.

However, all these are just musings as only the leader of the coup– who is yet to be found– can explain if it was just an incompetent coup attempt or indeed a fake coup.