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Turkish mobster Peker extends accusations to NATO’s Syria, Libya wars


Far-right mobster Sedat Peker’s videos making detailed allegations of ties between the mafia and the Turkish political establishment continue to shake President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) government.

His latest videos have raised Turkish involvement in US-led wars in the Middle East and North Africa and the AKP’s resulting conflicts with its NATO imperialist “allies.” With nearly 80 million views, Peker’s videos focus on conflicts within the Turkish state apparatus and Erdoğan’s closest circle.

The posters on the vehicles read “Dozens of 4×4 off-road vehicles from Sedat Peker to the Free Syrian Army. (Photo posted on Instagram by Peker in March 2018)

Peker, who has not directly targeted Erdoğan but only his associates, recently stated he will address Erdoğan directly in his next video: “Our President, brother Tayyip, called me an international conspiracy without saying my name. When did we meet, when did we face, I will explain this in the next video. You are our big brother. We will say our goodbyes.”

He said he would issue this video after Erdoğan’s June 14 meeting with US President Joe Biden, pointing to the international nature of the campaign he is waging.

Amid a deepening economic crisis and growing social anger exacerbated by the homicidal response to the pandemic, Peker’s allegations are undermining Erdoğan and the AKP. Their impact finally forced Erdoğan, who has been silent for weeks, to issue a statement defending Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu. Erdoğan described Peker’s accusations as part of an international conspiracy to overthrow his government.

Speaking at the end of May, Erdoğan declared: “We have stood with our Interior Minister [Soylu] in his fight with criminal and terrorist groups; we are and will be standing with him.” He said: “These are organized by international organizations under various names,” and added, “We bring these criminals to our country and hand them over to the court.”

After opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu said Tuesday that “The third partner of the People’s Alliance [between AKP and its far-right ally, Nationalist Movement Party, MHP] is the mafia,” Erdoğan attacked the opposition parties, claiming that they are relying upon Peker’s “slanders.”



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