Pro-AKP and leftist media organs hailed the operation, saying it is a step forward to enhance democracy.
However mass media organs were a bit more cautious and cited the lack of an indictment in the operation. Those commentators also sounded their concerns that the Ergenekon operation is turning into a kind of "witch hunt" and is being used by the AKP government to suppress its opponents.
Here are some extracts from Turkish columnists and commentators:
YALCIN KUCUK - HURRIYET
"Millions of people agree on the same concern. 'Could this happen to me as well?' This is called the mass spirit of fascism. This is the point where the AKP had brought the country. The revenge of the closure case. In 1944 the Turanists, in 1951 the Communists... The same historic events that remind of the mass detainments in the military coup periods. And the name of Tuesday's events is: in 2008 anti-AKP'ists. AKP has taking revenge for the closure case. And it does not hesitate to throw the country into a very difficult period."
ERGUN BABAHAN - SABAH
"As a result, for the first time in
FIKRET BILA - MILLIYET
The Ergenekon operation had started with the discovery of hand grenades in a house in
ILHAN SELCUK - CUMHURIYET
When you look at the speculation, on one hand there is a closure case against the AKP, and on the other, there is the Ergenekon case. But we have every single detail, including the indictment, the defenses, prosecutors, the judgments etc, in the closure case while the Ergenekon case remains a mystery. A big question mark dominates everything in the country. Everybody is afraid and concerned. Everybody keeps asking the same question: What will happen? Where is this country heading?
ISMET BERKAN - RADIKAL
It is important to reach the plotters of a military coup under -what could be termed as- the last wave of Ergenekon detainments. If a relationship between the coup planners and the armed implementers of the Ergenekon gang is discovered, then
AHMET ALTAN - TARAF
For the first time in our history two retired generals were taken into custody from their homes in a military housing facility. I think this operation is the finale of the first curtain in