Dutch NOS TV writes (translated) about this 23 August 2015 video from Turkey:
Grieving Turkish soldier angry about Erdogan’s war
By correspondent Lucas Waagmeester
Lieutenant Colonel Mehmet Alkan falls down on the coffin of his brother. The Turkish flag is draped over it. “Ali, Ali,” he cries weeping. Then he raises himself up and starts a speech against the Turkish government.
“Who killed him? Those who first talked about a peace process, and now only talk about war!” He is referring to the Turkish President Erdogan, who at first started the peace process with the Kurdish terrorist organization PKK.
‘Terrorist’ according to the Turkish government, and according to NATO and Australian governmental allies of that government. However, the PKK and their Syrdian Kurdish allies are the only effective force against ISIS terrorism.
Now that it is politically more convenient, Erdogan chooses war against the same PKK.
It happened Sunday at the funeral of Ali Alkan, but the images are still repeated on Turkish television. In front of dozens of cameras Ali’s brother Mehmet uncovered the growing discord in Turkey: is the fight against the PKK a genuine “war against terror“? Or is it a sleazy political ploy by Erdogan?
Erdogan’s AK party lost the elections in June for the first time in twelve years, they lost their absolute majority. Coalition negotiations failed and this week, Erdogan announced there would be new elections in November.
His opponents say that after he lost the elections he has consciously sought conflict with the PKK again. It would be an attempt in the run-up to the elections to turn the political tide.
But since one month ago, the conflict between the PKK and the Turkish army has flared up again, more often overt criticism is heard. More than sixty Turkish soldiers and police officers have been killed in attacks by the PKK. At their funerals sometimes the government gets unusually strong criticism.
‘They say they would like to be martyrs, but they have palaces with thirty bodyguards and armoured cars’. Mehmet Alkan, brother of killed soldier
When Ali Alkan was buried on Sunday, it was no different. Two MPs of the AK party, who during the ceremony wanted to pay their last respects to the victim were turned away by the attendees. “Villains, you have no business here, go away.”
Hanging over the coffin of his brother Mehmet Alkan expressed his anger over government members who previously said they would like to die in the war on terror. “They say they want to be martyrs, but they hang around in palaces with thirty bodyguards and armoured cars.”
In government media there is nothing about the incident at the funeral. But on social media supporters of the AK Party went on a rampage. Alkan was called a PKK sympathizer, a terrorist and an Alevi. The latter is a religious movement in Turkey, but it is commonly used among the Sunni supporters of the AK party as an insult.
Twitter users responded with #YarbayMehmetYalnızDeğildir: Lieutenant Colonel Mehmet is not alone. Earlier in the week, the Health Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister were booed while attending the funeral of a dead soldier.
The mood in Turkey about the termination of the peace process with the PKK is crucial for Erdogan. He hopes in November to get an absolute majority for the AK party again. When a country is at war, that may possibly benefit those in power.
But if a majority of Turks see the new ‘war on terror’ as a political stunt, then the election may as well go wrong for Erdogan. The anger of Mehmet Alkan is an omen, the President has not won yet.
Turkish media reported yesterday evening that the army is currently investigating whether disciplinary action against Mehmet Alkan should be taken.