Thursday, August 13, 2015
Turkey - Muhtars, refuse to be 'Informants' both for the [presidential] palace and the state.
We, muhtars, refuse to be 'informants' both for the [presidential] palace and the state. (TodaysZaman).
A group of muhtars (local administrators) affiliated with the Suruç Muhtars Association criticized President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for calling on them during a meeting at the presidential palace on Wednesday to gather intelligence on citizens to boost the state's fight against terrorism, saying that asking muhtars to operate as intelligence officers is nothing but “an unlawful and unfortunate statement.”
“He (Erdogan) explicitly asks us to snitch on citizens. With all due respect, we only go to the district governor and the police chiefs to resolve the problems of our citizens, not to snitch on them,” Gündoğdu stated. Hmmmm.....You can expect the Muhtars to get a lot of trouble in the near future. Read the full story here.